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Cross one Eagles free agent linebacker target off the list

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Won’t be coming to Philly.

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The Philadelphia Eagles will likely be signing a free agent linebacker at some point but it won’t be Nick Kwiatkoski. The rumored Eagles targeted revealed he’s signing with the Las Vegas Raiders.

Here’s what we previously wrote about Kwiatkoski:

Kwiatkoski is a player the Eagles showed a ton of interest in leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft. The team hosted him on an official pre-draft visit, they interviewed him at the Senior Bowl, they attended his pro day, and they put him through a private workout. Kwiatkoski ended up being selected in the fourth round, between a large gap from the Eagles’ third-round pick (Isaac Seumalo at No. 79) and the Eagles’ fifth-round pick (Wendell Smallwood at No. 153). Had the Eagles had a fourth-round selection, maybe Kwiatkoski would’ve been the pick. In any case, Kwiatkoski has had a limited role with the Chicago Bears since they’ve had talented inside linebackers in Danny Trevathan and Roquan Smith. Kwiatkoski could be looking for a bigger role and the Eagles could offer that to the 26-year-old.

The Eagles still have a number of free agent options at linebacker. Cory Littleton, Joe Schobert, De’Vondre Campbell, Jamie Collins, Patrick Onwuasor, and Josh Bynes are among players with notable connections to Philly. The Green Bay Packers are likely to let Blake Martinez walk after signing Christian Kirksey earlier today, though I’d rather pass on him.

Nathan Gerry, T.J. Edwards. Duke Riley, and Alex Singleton are currently the only Eagles linebackers under contract for 2020. It goes without saying that Howie Roseman needs to add more talent to that group.