Eagles sign Rodney McLeod, Brandon Brooks, Chase Daniel

March 10th, 2016 by Sam Shipley | Filed under Eagles, NFL.

The NFL league year is officially under way, and once again on the first day of free agency the Eagles wasted little time making moves. In addition to the trades and signings from earlier this week, the Eagles made three more signings today.

Safety Rodney McLeod, Guard Brandon Brooks, and Quarterback Chase Daniel are the newest members of the Eagles.

Rodney McLeod, 25, played the last three seasons with the St. Louis Rams. He started all 48 games and totaled 184 tackles, five interceptions, seven forced fumbles and six recovered fumbles.

Last season Pro Football Focus ranked McLeod as the 10th best safety in football. The Eagles will pair him with Pro Bowl safety Malcolm Jenkins, and could form one of the better safety tandems in the NFL, which is something that hasn’t been said for the Eagles in over a decade.

The Eagles pass defense ranked 28th last year, and it has been a unit the team has been looking to upgrade for a long time. As of now, Jenkins, McLeod, and the newly acquired Leodis McKelvin seem to put the Eagles on the right track to solidifying the weak spot of a defense with a above average front seven.

Brandon Brooks, 26, reportedly signed a five-year, $40 million deal with the Eagles. Brooks was selected by the Houston Texans in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL Draft, and has started at right guard since 2013.

Brooks is 6-5, 343 pounds, and projects to start at right guard between Lane Johnson and Jason Kelce, potentially solidifying the right side of the offensive line for the Eagles.

Pro Football Focus ranked Brooks 7th (2013), 8th (2014), and 34th (2015) out of all starting guards. Health is something that has not been an issue for Brooks either. In the last three seasons, Brooks has missed just four games. He has made 50 career appearances, starting 44 of those games.

One of the Eagles biggest need this offseason was undoubtedly offensive line, and the Eagles know that (now that Chip Kelly is gone). Signing Brooks, who is entering the prime of his career, certainly helps the offensive line start to get back on track.

Chase Daniel, 29, was one of the more predictable signings of the Eagles offseason. The quarterback was the backup to Alex Smith in Kansas City during new Eagles head coach Doug Pederson’s time there.

Daniel reportedly signed a three-year, $21 million deal with $12 million guaranteed.

With Daniel now on the Eagles roster, Mark Sanchez seems like he will be on the way out either via trade or release. If the Eagles release Sanchez they would free up $3.5 million in cap space.

The signing is a solid one for the Eagles as Daniel can help Sam Bradford with learning the offense, and also help groom a rookie quarterback if the Eagles decide to draft one in April. Not to mention, he is a solid backup quarterback in the event that Bradford would miss any time due to injury.

 

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