Eagles Work Out Three Linebackers
The Philadelphia Eagles worked out three free agent linebackers on Monday, per NFL insider Adam Caplan.
The list included: Eric Pinkins, Lamar Louis, and James Burgess.
Pinkins was a sixth round pick by the Seahawks in 2014. The San Diego State alumnus was active for six games in 2015 and played 66 special teams snaps. Seattle placed him on injured reserve last month before waiving him a week later.
The 23-year-old Louis signed with the Cardinals as an undrafted rookie free agent out of LSU. Louis, who has experience at multiple linebacker positions, defied the odds and made Arizona’s final 53-man roster this season. He was later waived with an injury designation, however, when the Cardinals claimed veteran cornerback Tharold Simon off waivers last month.
Miami signed Burgess as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2016 NFL Draft. He was waived by the Dolphins during final cuts. He signed to Miami’s practice squad before being cut a week later.
There’s no indication the Eagles are going to make a roster move, but the linebacker position is one worth watching. Mychal Kendricks has really struggled this season. Nigel Bradham has played well but the veteran is dealing with some legal issues due to off-the-field incidents. The Eagles cut former Villanova linebacker Don Cherry from the practice squad late last week, so the team could just be looking to fill his spot.
CHIP KELLY SIGNS A FORMER EAGLE
In former Eagles news, cornerback JaCorey Shepherd signed with San Francisco 49ers on Monday. This roster move doesn’t come as a surprise considering Kelly drafted Shepherd in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Shepherd had been bouncing on and off the Eagles’ practice squad in exchange with offensive lineman Darrell Greene over the past few weeks. Greene’s spot may be more secure now that Shepherd is unavailable to the Birds. Or he could get the axe again if/when the Eagles sign one of the linebackers they worked out.