The Cleveland Browns have announced that they released linebacker Christian Kirksey ahead of free agency. Coming off of his sixth season in the NFL, the 27-year-old missed most of 2019 with a chest injury, marking his second season in a row that ended on IR.
Kirksey played in 73 games since 2014 with the Browns, and notched 484 total tackles — including 30 tackles for loss and 22 QB hits —, 16 passes defended, 11.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions. His first three years in the NFL, the linebacker also played nearly 50% of special teams snaps, as well.
The Eagles are no stranger to injury and signing someone who has already spent ample time on IR probably isn’t the best idea. But, it’s also no secret that Philly needs to bring in some new linebacker talent after releasing starter Nigel Bradham — and let’s be honest, they needed LB depth even before getting rid of Bradham.
It’s worth noting that the Eagles brought Kirksey to Philly for an official pre-draft visit back in 2014.
More on Kirksey from our friends over at Dawgs By Nature:
The move will reportedly save the Browns $6.575 million on the salary cap. According to ESPN’s Jake Trotter, the Browns wanted to keep Kirksey under a restructured deal, but could not come up with a salary that Kirksey could agree to. [...] It is not a surprising move by the team given that Kirksey has missed 23 games over the past two seasons while dealing with injuries. He played in seven games in 2018 while dealing with a hamstring injury; last season a chest injury ended his season after just two games.
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