James Casey, Patrick Chung Acquisitions Headline Philadelphia Eagles Free Agent Frenzy

By Joe Doris
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During an NFL Free Agency opening day packed with block-buster trades and a plethora of signings, the Philadelphia Eagles sure kept busy as they inked five new Birds-men on Tuesday.

But the biggest news of the day concerning the Eagles actually came less than an hour before the 4 o’clock p.m. start of the 2013 Free Agency, when the squad decided to ax former All-Pro CB Nnamdi Asomugha. After failing to restructure his outrageously lucrative contract, the Eagles had no choice but to cut the massive disappointment as they would have owed him up to $15 million this season.

Once this huge salary cap relief was in the books, the Eagles took immediate action in beefing up their miserable defensive unit by signing four brand new defenders in FS Patrick Chung, DL Isaac Sopoaga, CB Bradley Fletcher and LB Jason Phillips.

Even though the Eagles took the quantitative approach in reviving their defense, the most meaningful acquisition came when the Birds inked former Houston Texans TE/RB James Casey to a three-year deal.

Casey is an incredibly versatile and highly skilled athlete, as he is the definition of a “Slash” type of player (shout-out to Kordell Stewart), lining up at multiple positions including tight end, running back and quarterback in his time with the Texans and at his alma-mater, Rice University.

The most notable defensive acquisition for the Eagles was Chung, who was actually a member of the University of Oregon when current Eagles head coach Chip Kelly was in charge of the Ducks’ offense. Chung played for the New England Patriots ever since the 2009 NFL Draft when they snatched him up early in the second round.

While the Eagles still have a lot of work to do if they want to make any sort of run at the playoffs in 2013, I still think that they had a very successful first day in improving their roster.


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