Eagles Add CB Bradley Fletcher

Around 4 p.m., the Eagles announced they were officially cutting ties with Nnamdi Asomugha. And about four hours later, they added a new starting cornerback in 26-year-old Bradley Fletcher.

Fletcher (6-0, 200) has 26 career starts under his belt and has appeared in 43 games with the Rams since being selected in the third round out of Iowa back in 2009.

Considered an outside press corner with good size, Fletcher saw significant action in the Rams’ first nine games last season, but then reportedly fell out of favor with Jeff Fisher and the coaching staff, following a performance against the Patriots in which he was called for three pass interference penalties. Fletcher played just 20 snaps in the final seven games, according to Pro Football Focus.

Overall, his charting numbers were good. Fletcher allowed just 16 completions on 34 targets (47.1 percent) for 138 yards, per PFF. He didn’t allow a completion of more than 19 yards, gave up one touchdown and had an interception. The issue, again, was the penalties. Fletcher had five pass interference penalties in nine games, which at the time, was tied for the league lead.

The Rams had invested draft picks in Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson, and decided to play them instead of Fletcher the rest of the way.

Injuries have also been an issue for Fletcher. In two of his first three years, Fletcher suffered season-ending knee injuries. He tore the ACL in his right knee in 2011 and only played in four games. As a rookie, Fletcher tore a pair of ligaments in his right knee and only appeared in seven games.

Fletcher has started more than four games in a season just once. That was in 2010 when he started 15. And one good note that this audience will appreciate: He has only missed six tackles in his career, per PFF.

In the coming days, we’ll take a look at Fletcher’s performance from last year and publish an All-22 breakdown.

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  • JofreyRice

    Ok. Could be decent if he can stay healthy.

    • Token

      Iv seen nothing on Keenan Lewis. Pick him up too. That would be the starters before we see what happens in the draft

      • Damien

        I hate the plug in system with FAs. It never works for us…

      • JofreyRice

        I’m down with that. Dunno if they’ll do it, but I think its a better move, than having Marsh and a mid round draft pick battle for the other spot.


    sounds great often injured penalty ridden corner who couldn’t stay on the field for the rams man didn’t need to get the top corner but there was alot more out there then this looking like Iggs are getting Milliner at 4

    • BDAWKS

      sorry maybe a little negadelphia there but a corner with bum knees is scary. i like Lewis outta pitt

  • http://www.jhkayejr.com Joseph Kaye

    Sounds good, but I don’t like that injury history.

  • ICDogg

    I think this is exactly the type of player to get in FA. Guys who don’t break the bank and who have talent and something to prove.

    • xlGmanlx

      Agreed, this is the kind of money I hope the igg’s were going to spend.

  • chris

    Figures,guy with bum leg, should have seen this coming all along. Seems like groundhogs day all over.

  • Todd

    These signings are absolutely ludicrous. This guy who can’t even hold a starting gig in St.Louis is the highest ranked player on the top available FAs and that is in the high 50s!!!!!! This is an absolute joke. Howie and Chip are busying themselves with signing other teams bench warmers rather than finding impact players.

    • Damien

      Yeah! Let’s bring in Ndamdi again! Great idea!

    • bsn

      Everyone was excited when we got big names and look what happened. Let em play, he might be nice.

    • What Would Saracen Do?

      If I recall correctly, Chris Clemons was a bench/part-time player for the Eagles…

    • http://www.facebook.com/todd.orange.1 Todd Orange

      Not looking for one of the top five guys, but if we are picking up one guy in the top 100 rankings and all the others don’t even crack the list I have a problem with that. You guys say let them play but we have been letting mediocre talent play for the past couple of years. Not one of you can honestly say that you are excited or comfortable with what we just signed.

      • http://twitter.com/PhiIs_Goodman Phils Goodman

        It’s nice to know those rankings are made by proven talent evaluators, instead of reporters or something like that…

        • http://www.facebook.com/todd.orange.1 Todd Orange

          Haha, I understand that but they are also doing a lot more research and film study than I am (because they get paid to) or at least I hope. We’ll see…a marathon not a sprint.

  • FMWarner

    I don’t like the Chung signing at all, but the rest of these seem fine. It takes 53 to win, and I thought we all learned after 2011 that perhaps throwing wads of cash at a bunch of big names isn’t the best way to build a team. Not to mention the fact that we all should have learned by now that the Eagles usually have a surprise up their sleeve.

  • http://www.facebook.com/todd.orange.1 Todd Orange

    Just to put this in perspective. This chump is ranked in the high fifties and DRC is in the twenties on the same list. I understand that is only one list (working off of the one on NFL.com) but this is ridiculous. If the plan is to suck as much as possible to get more high draft picks next year we are off to a great start.

    • Damien

      DRC- Looking for $8 million a year
      Fletcher- Probably around $4.5 million a year


      • http://www.facebook.com/todd.orange.1 Todd Orange

        Understood as far as the money side but right now the FO is signing other teams’ bench players rather than trying to get an impact guy or two. Other than the NT, none of these guys should even complete for a starting gig.

        • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

          Because we all know how well spending big money on “impact guys” goes.

          • http://www.facebook.com/todd.orange.1 Todd Orange


    • xlGmanlx

      It is called depth. I don’t care what stat you roll out, DRC didn’t pass the eyeball test last year. Do they have a stat which shows how long you can run next to a WR who has the ball and not touch them? He would be top 5

      • Absecon

        Yes, this signing is about depth, because it sure isn’t about a starter! This guy is destined for special teams and back-up role…

        • xlGmanlx

          Possibly, but at worst he is an upgrade in talent and potential. No more Lindley’s, JJ’s, etc allowed to stick around to “realize potential”

      • http://www.facebook.com/todd.orange.1 Todd Orange

        I agree with you completely it is all about depth here. I’m just passionate and fired up but I need to understand that this is going to be a marathon not a sprint.

        • xlGmanlx

          The real thing to get fired up about is the draft, that is where they can potentially pluck out the talent you’re looking for. FA is about filling out depth in my opinion, not trying to lock in starters. It can work, but for sustained success the draft is more important.

  • http://www.jhkayejr.com Joseph Kaye

    Those top whatever lists should be taken with a grain of salt. The teams that win are the teams that write their own list, and write it better than the ones found on most websites.

  • ICDogg

    We’ll continue to pick up guys with a good chance of helping us, guys who fit the profile that Chip Kelly is looking for, but they are guys with some question marks. Some of the guys will help us, some of them won’t. The ones that don’t won’t be here long, and their contracts won’t hurt us in the future.

    I think it’s a smart strategy for free agency considering the position the Eagles are in.

  • Absecon

    This signing is about depth, because it sure isn’t about a starter! This guy is destined for special teams and back-up role…

  • morgan c

    I have to say, Eagles seem to be fairly smart in FA so far… not huge name guys, to not huge and sensible (hopefully) contracts… only thing that of course worries me is his injury history (hello Marlin Jackson and Reid era) and the PI penalties.