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The Philadelphia Eagles find themselves in need of a new starting linebacker after releasing Nigel Bradham last month. It seems likely they’ll sign one in free agency. But maybe they don’t have to wait until the new league year starts?

The Oakland Las Vegas Raiders (still getting used to that) officially released Tahir Whitehead on Monday and he could potentially be on the Eagles’ radar.

The Eagles reportedly showed interest in Whitehead when he was a free agent back in 2016. They opted to sign the aforementioned Bradham instead as Whitehead re-signed with the Detroit Lions.

Whitehead was drafted by Detroit when current Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz was still the Lions’ head coach back in 2012. Whitehead’s original position coach was current Eagles run game coordinator/defensive line coach Matt Burke.

Of course, it wasn’t until Schwartz and Burke left the Lions that Whitehead became a full-time starter in 2014. He’s logged 87 starts in 95 games played over the past six years.

Whitehead’s last two seasons were spent with the Raiders where he, well, didn’t exactly thrive. From our friends over at Silver And Black Pride:

Whitehead, who turns 30 next month, spent the last two seasons on the Oakland defense and started all 32 possible games. He recorded 126 tackles in 2018 and 108 in 2019, receiving an above average run defense grade per PFF but one of the weakest grades in coverage. The Raiders had a bottom-three pass defense and Mike Mayock has stressed an “overhaul” on that side of the ball this offseason.

Yikes. But wait, it gets worse!

Whitehead may very well have interest in playing for the Eagles. The Temple alumnus is a Jersey City native and could enjoy returning to the East Coast.

But I think the Eagles are going to be easily passing on Whitehead.

Pun intended.


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