The Philadelphia Eagles addressed their pass rush on Monday by agreeing to a three-year, $45 million contract with outside linebacker Haason Reddick, per multiple reports.
The 27-year-old Camden, NJ native is coming home to Philadelphia, where he attended college at Temple University before being drafted 13th overall in 2017 by the Arizona Cardinals.
I’M COMING HOME!!!! #FlyEaglesFly
— Haason Reddick #43 (@Haason7Reddick) March 14, 2022
After three years of fighting for playing time with mediocre results — just 7.5 sacks in three seasons — Reddick burst onto the scene in 2020 with the Cardinals by posting 12.5 sacks and six forced fumbles while starting 11 of 16 games.
The Carolina Panthers snapped him up in free agency for the 2021 season with a one-year, $8 million deal, and he did not disappoint. Reddick put up 11.5 sacks to go with two forced fumbles and 68 total tackles. The Eagles got an up-close and personal look at him in Week 5 when he sacked Jalen Hurts twice while adding eight tackles in what eventually was a 21-18 Philadelphia victory.
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One of Eagles general manager Howie Roseman’s top priorities this offseason was to address his team’s woeful pass-rushing record. In 2021, Philadelphia put up the second-fewest sacks in the league with 29 (the Atlanta Falcons had 18) despite ranking 16th in quarterback knockdown percentage (8.7%).
Outside of Javon Hargrave and Josh Sweat — each of whom had 7.5 sacks — no other Eagles pass rusher had more than 3.5 sacks.
Roseman has a golden opportunity to address this shortcoming even more, too. The Eagles possess three first-round draft picks where they could very well nab a defensive end to make an improving pass rush a formidable one in the NFC.