The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free agent safety Andrew Sendejo, according to a report from NFL Network’s Peter Schrager. The team has since officially confirmed the signing.
Sendejo, who turns 32 in September, entered the league as an undrafted rookie free agent back in 2010. He had brief stints with the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets before ultimately finding stability with the Minnesota Vikings.
From 2011 through 2018, Sendejo made 58 starts in 93 total games played. He logged 355 tackles, 17 passes defensed, six interceptions, one forced fumble, and one sack in that span.
Sendejo has experienced some injury issues as he’s missed 19 games in the past four seasons combined. Sendejo only played five games in 2018 after suffering a season-ending groin injury against ... the Eagles ... in Week 5.
Eagles fans will remember Sendejo from that time he absolutely got trucked by LeGarrette Blount in the 2018 NFC Championship Game (38 to 7).
Lets check in on Sendejo... pic.twitter.com/759YFM7hTG— BleedingGreenNation (@BleedingGreen) March 18, 2019
Yikes! Hopefully it’ll be Sendejo doing the hitting instead of taking the hits in Philly.
It remains to be seen exactly how Sendejo fits into the Eagles’ secondary. Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod, if healthy, project to be the primary two starters. Sendejo could be joining the team in Corey Graham’s old role as the No. 3 safety. If so, Sendejo would see some decent playing time on defense as a role player. Signing Sendejo doesn’t necessarily preclude the Eagles from selecting a safety in the 2019 NFL Draft, though.
Pro Football Focus graded Sendejo 45th out of 101 safeties last season. For reference, Graham was 64th. Sendejo ranked 20th overall back in 2017.
Here’s the reaction to the Sendejo news over at SB Nation’s Vikings blog, Daily Norseman:
Sendejo was a solid safety for most of his time with the Vikings after picking up the starting spot. He’s, essentially, getting a “prove it” deal to see if he can pick up where he left off after missing most of this year. This is another loss for the Vikings, but it’s one that appears that they’ll be able to absorb with little to no problem.
Given that the Vikings declined his option instead of straight up releasing him, Sendejo WILL potentially count against the Eagles’ compensatory pick formula (assuming his contract is big enough).
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