The Philadelphia Eagles signed linebacker Corey Nelson to a one-year contract and plan to sign defensive tackle Haloti Ngata to a one-year deal, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday. The signing, which is a one-year, $2.25 million deal, cannot become official until the new league year begins on Wednesday.
Ngata had spent the last three seasons in Detroit. The Eagles might be losing Najee Goode, and it is possible they are bringing in Nelson to replace Goode on special teams. A former seventh-round draft pick out of Oklahoma, Nelson also saw time on special teams with the Broncos.
Ngata, 34, is coming off an injury-shortened 2017 season with the Detroit Lions after tearing his biceps in Week 5, which landed him on injured reserve.
Ngata just turned 34 years old and is coming off a season in which he played in just five games for the Detroit Lions before needing surgery to fix a torn bicep.
The year prior, Ngata played just 51.31 percent of the Lions' total defensive snaps-down from a mark of 57 percent in 2015, per Pro Football Reference. "He's our third inside linebacker - our starting dime player in sub (packages)", coach Vance Joseph said a year ago prior to Nelson's injury.
"I don't want to have problems when I'm older". In 2016, Broncos ranked 28th in rushing yards (130.3 allowed per game). He will test the open market first, but with the loss of Nelson, there may be more pressure to get a deal done to keep one of their two veteran free-agent linebackers in the fold.