Philadelphia Eagles Make Waves in Free Agency: Securing Key Agreements at RB and DE Positions

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The Philadelphia Eagles are making significant moves in the NFL’s free-agency period, bolstering their roster with key additions. 

General manager Howie Roseman orchestrated two major deals, securing running back Saquon Barkley on a three-year, $37.75 million contract and defensive end Bryce Huff on a three-year, $51.1 million deal, according to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.

The acquisition of Barkley, previously a stalwart for the New York Giants, adds firepower to the Eagles’ backfield. The 27-year-old rusher amassed 5,211 yards and 35 touchdowns in 74 games with the Giants.

Despite a stellar career-high 1,312 rushing yards in 2022, Barkley faced challenges with injuries in the 2023 season, managing 962 rushing yards.

Roseman and the Eagles have always preferred a running back-by-committee style, thus Barkley’s arrival marks a change in the team’s running back philosophy. With this change, the Eagles bid farewell to D’Andre Swift, who in 2023 ran for 1,049 yards and inked a $24 million, three-year contract with the Bears.

Philadelphia Eagles’ Playoff-Ready Team Building

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The Philadelphia Eagles are making significant moves in the NFL’s free-agency period, bolstering their roster with key additions.

On the defensive front, the Philadelphia Eagles made a splash by securing Bryce Huff, a 25-year-old undrafted free agent who showcased his prowess with the New York Jets over the past four seasons. 

Standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing 255 pounds, Huff is set to fortify the Eagles’ defensive line, compensating for the retirement of franchise great Fletcher Cox. Huff’s signing also raises questions about the future of the Eagles’ edge-rushers, with the likelihood of parting ways with either Haason Reddick or Josh Sweat. 

Huff, known for his effectiveness on passing downs, had a breakout season in 2023, tallying 10 sacks, 21 QB hits, and 68 pressures while playing less than half the snaps for the Jets. His impact significantly contributed to the NFL’s second-best pass defense in terms of sacks.

With these strategic signings, the Eagles aim to build a formidable roster that can contend for a deep playoff run, addressing both offensive and defensive needs for the upcoming season.

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