Eagles Show Interest In CFL DT Armstead

The head-coaching search has not stopped the Eagles from looking at ways to improve their personnel.

The team checked out CFL defensive tackle Armon Armstead (6-5, 300) last week, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Schefter calls Armstead “the equivalent of a high draft pick.”

After playing three years of college ball at USC, Armstead played for the Toronto Argonauts last season and had six sacks. His story is an interesting one. The 22-year-old suffered a heart attack at USC and was not medically cleared to play in 2011. Armstead is suing the school, alleging that the heart attack was caused by pain-killers he was forced to take.

The Eagles currently have six defensive tackles under contract for 2013: Fletcher Cox, Cullen JenkinsMike Patterson, Cedric ThorntonAntonio Dixon and Ronnie Cameron. Derek Landri is an unrestricted free agent.

On one hand, it would help for the Eagles’ new coach to have input on personnel. But remember, the team gets 90 roster spots to work with, so if the personnel department spots talent, there’s no harm in making moves.

The Eagles signed Phillip Hunt from the CFL in 2011.

The Patriots and Colts have also shown interest in Armstead, per the report. And he could make more visits this week.

Below are a couple YouTube highlight videos of Armstead – one from the CFL and one from USC.

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  • Bdawk20

    Some players in the draft have more baggage than that (not heart attack, but the lawsuit), why not give him a shot (if he wants to come here, Gus Bradley could help that). Is anyone else, though, concerned that Gus Bradley did not put together a solid D until Pete Carroll came around??

    • Johngiam

      no, Gus Bradley was a rookie coordinator..what say In personal do you expect that he had? did you ever look at that defensive roster before Carrol got there? Vince Lombardi couldn’t have won with that group! Lol

      Everyone worries the he is just a DC…you have to have a helluva understanding of the game of football, offense and defense, to run the unorthodox and sophisticated defense that they run in Seatle!….I mean this guy reached Chris Clemons, a problem child, who is said to be a locker room cancer and very difficult to deal with. we couldn’t coach Clemons up, yet Gus turned him into an almost pro bowler. he reaches players, he is a leade of men. that’s what you look for in a HC…there are coordinators who get paid good money for a reason,

      • Bdawk20

        I hope so – I am all on board of giving him a shot, but Carroll’s assistants have not translated well. That said, plenty of great things said about him, so hopefully he is the antithesis of Carroll’s ass’ts history

        • http://twitter.com/JBrown99RIP John Intindolo

          He is a Monte Kiffin guy, was in Seattle before Caroll got there.

          • Bdawk20

            And he was not good the 2 years prior to Carroll…

  • ski

    oh no. Billick coming to Philly. I’ll quit being a fan.

  • ski

    let’s give McCoy or Bradley a shot. Fans will be ok with either one but please no Billick. PLEASE!!!

  • barry_nic

    He was featured on the ABC feature on the drug that has heart attacks as a side affect with out telling him of the risks and not monitoring him. So yes give him a try. There are a lot of free agents teams pickup after the regular season. If the new coach doesn’t like him he can cut him.