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Eagles Free Agency 2017: Philadelphia interested in Falcons linebacker

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Mychal Kendricks replacement?

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The Philadelphia Eagles are one of four teams to show interest in impending free agent linebacker Paul Worrilow, according to a report from Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. The New England Patriots, Detroit Lions, and Indianapolis Colts are the other teams interested in Worrilow.

Howe also notes the Eagles are trying to trade linebacker Mychal Kendricks, which was already reported by PhillyVoice’s Jimmy Kempski last month in February. The Eagles could view Worrilow as a Kendricks replacement.

Worrilow, 26, has logged 43 starts with the Falcons since signing with Atlanta as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2013. During that span, he has 242 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles, and two interceptions. He lost his starting job last year, however, and only played 14.6% of the Falcons’ total defensive snaps.

The Eagles won’t be in a big rush to sign the Wilmington, Delaware native assuming they truly are interested in him. He projects more as a versatile, rotational linebacker who can also be a good contributor on special teams. So, again, a Kendricks replacement. Keep in mind Kendricks only played 26.8% of the Eagles’ defensive snaps last season.

Worrilow could be a nice, inexpensive depth option for the Eagles.