Eagles Sign Sopoaga, LB Jason Phillips

The Eagles stayed away from high-priced free agents on the first day of the league year, and instead bought in bulk.

To recap: They signed cornerback Bradley Fletcher to a two-year deal; tight end James Casey to a three year deal; safety Patrick Chung to a three-year contract; linebacker Jason Phillips to a two-year deal; and defensive lineman Isaac Sopoaga to a three-year deal.

More on Chung here, Casey here and Fletcher here.

Sopoaga (6-2, 330) provides the nose tackle that the Eagles’ roster is currently missing. At 31, he’s not an ascending player, but Sopoaga would be a two-down interior lineman, capable of anchoring the Eagles’ line. He only played in 32.2 percent of the 49ers’ snaps last season and was originally a fourth-round pick in 2004. He was credited with a sack and six tackles in the Niners’ playoff run this season.

The American Samoa native has amassed 447 tackles and 7.5 sacks in 125 career games (80 starts). He has experience at both defensive tackle and nose tackle.

The Eagles might not be done picking at San Francisco’s D-line. Niners defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois (6-3, 295) will visit the Eagles in the next few days, according to Adam Caplan. The 26-year-old brings versatility to the table, with his ability to line up in multiple spots up front. Jean-Francois is young, but only played in 25.6 percent of San Francisco’s defensive snaps last year, according to Pro Football Focus. His most obvious fit would probably be as a 3-4 defensive end.

The Eagles obviously have a connection to both 49ers players through their new vice president of player personnel, Tom Gamble.

Phillips (6-1, 240) looks like he was signed primarily with special teams in mind. The 27-year old has served as a reserve linebacker and special teams contributor for both the Ravens and Carolina Panthers in his four-year career. He led Carolina with 16 special teams tackles last season.


Earlier, we detailed several big-name defensive backs who are unlikely to land in Philly. Apparently, you can add LaRon Landry to that list.

Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports reports that the Eagles have no interest in Landry.

Tim McManus contributed to this report.

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