Worilds Linked To Eagles Once Again

Photo courtesy of USA Today

Photo courtesy of USA Today

The Eagles were showing interest in Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds this time last year, but Pittsburgh kept him off the market by applying the transition tag.

This time around, Worilds is almost certainly going to make it to free agency, and the Eagles reportedly remain interested. According to NBC’s Dianna Marie Russini, they are expected to go after Worilds as soon as free agency opens. The “legal tampering” period begins on March 7, and deals can become official at 4 p.m. on March 10.

The Eagles are in need of starting outside linebacker to play opposite Connor Barwin. There was interest in bringing Trent Cole back at a reduced rate but the two sides could not come to an agreement. Cole was cut on Tuesday.

As for Brandon Graham: the two sides spoke earlier this week, we’re told, but no deal was struck. While the Eagles and Graham’s reps are keeping in contact, the 26-year-old is poised to hit free agency. If a 4-3 team comes calling with the right kind of coin (Chicago is one team to keep in mind), he’s probably gone.

Worilds is drawing plenty of interest from around the league and is sure to command a healthy pay day. But after their recent purge, the Eagles have money to spend. Estimates suggest that Chip Kelly will have north of $40 million in cap space heading into the free agency period.