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Eagles sign Chris Maragos

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Plenty of big names made headlines by finding new homes on Tuesday and Wednesday promises more of the same, but there are also plenty of smaller deals getting done around the league.

The Eagles made one of those by signing former Seahawks safety and special teamer Chris Maragos. Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that it is a three-year, $4 million deal with $1 million guaranteed. Caplan reports that the Redskins were also among the teams interested in adding Maragos, but Philly got the deal done.

Maragos played sparingly on defense in Seattle and doesn’t figure to play a much bigger role on Philly’s unit, but he should be a valuable member of the special teams units.

While Maragos isn’t a good bet to see extended time in the secondary, his arrival could lead to more changes at safety. The Eagles signed Malcolm Jenkins and released Patrick Chung on Tuesday, and Maragos could wind up taking the roster spot of either Colt Anderson or Kurt Coleman as the Eagles continue building their 2014 roster.

UPDATE 7:55 a.m. ET: The Eagles have officially announced the deal.

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25 Responses to “Eagles sign Chris Maragos”
  1. vusnu says: Mar 12, 2014 7:49 AM

    Another under the radar quality signing by the Eagles. Kelly likes competition among his players. And I’ll bet they’re still not done at the safety position yet. Keep filling that position with players from Super Bowl winning teams. I like it.

  2. ryanrockzzz says: Mar 12, 2014 8:03 AM

    The Eagles keep doing the right thing. Stay away from the big FA deals for now. This team is probably still another year away from being in the Seattle and Denver category of being one or two players away.

    If they can sign a few more players, including a pass rusher, and can have another solid draft, they will be in good shape to repeat as NFC East champs next year.

  3. sonopazzo6 says: Mar 12, 2014 8:03 AM

    I’m liking what the Birds are doing……looks like Howie and Chip know what they’re doing. Young, up and coming players that won’t break the bank!

  4. jucam1 says: Mar 12, 2014 8:03 AM

    I love the Eagles off season so far. They need a pass rusher and another 3-4 LB, and draft a reciever and next season is going to be fun

  5. sonopazzo6 says: Mar 12, 2014 8:06 AM

    And another thing……….looks like Nate Allen’s goose is cooked…….good……..good…….good!

  6. dfwhawkguy says: Mar 12, 2014 8:09 AM

    Could have signed 2-3 players of the same caliber for the same total money– special teams role players . That’s why JOhn Schneider is miles ahead of the rest of the league in salary cap management.

  7. Youknowimright says: Mar 12, 2014 8:10 AM

    More under the radar that quality but if you look at what the eagles are doing it is pretty much status quo. Bringing the same team back as last year. If you think that is good enough to win a sb then God bless. But it is not and you won’t win a sb.

  8. birdgang321 says: Mar 12, 2014 8:30 AM

    So we basically cut colt Anderson and signed another colt Anderson. No improvement over last year.

  9. smittyavcm says: Mar 12, 2014 8:39 AM

    Yeah ther
    E is a difference the guy helped win a Super Bowl

  10. skinnytony says: Mar 12, 2014 9:14 AM

    lol @ Eagles fans talking themselves into the Eagles strategy. The Broncos got T.J. Ward for similar money the Eagles paid the far inferior Malcolm Jenkins. But, when it’s John Elway vs. Howie Roseman in the negotiating rooms that’s really not a fair fight!

  11. achillesofwooters says: Mar 12, 2014 9:20 AM

    As a Seattle fan, Maragos was a stud on special teams & the captain of statistically the 3rd best ST unit in NFL history. Its a sad thing to see him leave Seattle, but the Eagles got themselves a hell of a good ST player. Great teams commit to being great on ST as well as offense/defense.

  12. philafly says: Mar 12, 2014 9:21 AM

    “More under the radar that quality but if you look at what the eagles are doing it is pretty much status quo. Bringing the same team back as last year. If you think that is good enough to win a sb then God bless. But it is not and you won’t win a sb.”

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    Clearly a comment from a hater. They cleaned out the safety position entirely, which was unquestionably their biggest weakness. Allen, Chung, Coleman…all gone. The first move was signing a more reliable safety in Jenkins while not breaking the bank (that Byrd contract is absurd).

    So explain to me how this is the same team? It’s only day 2 of the new season and they have already wiped the slate clean at their biggest position of need. Don’t hate just to hate. It is pathetic.

  13. dbara43 says: Mar 12, 2014 9:42 AM

    Maragos made three significant plays last year; he blew his assignment on a blocked field goal that turned the game around in a loss at Indy; he botched a FG snap and then tried to make a “pass” ala Garo Yepremian that led to a Tennessee touchdown; and he ran into the 49ers punter in the NFC Championship game in what could easily have been called roughing and cost us a score. So yeah, other than that, a “great” special teams guy.

  14. osiris33 says: Mar 12, 2014 9:46 AM

    Maragos was a problem on special teams. His blown assignments led to a blocked field goal & 2 blocked punts, and almost roughed the kicker in the NFC championship game. Seahawks can do better.

  15. Youknowimright says: Mar 12, 2014 11:10 AM

    Clearly a comment from a hater. They cleaned out the safety position entirely, which was unquestionably their biggest weakness. Allen, Chung, Coleman…all gone. The first move was signing a more reliable safety in Jenkins while not breaking the bank (that Byrd contract is absurd).

    So explain to me how this is the same team? It’s only day 2 of the new season and they have already wiped the slate clean at their biggest position of need. Don’t hate just to hate. It is pathetic.

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    This is colt anderson and kurt coleman. so whoever goes they have replaced with the same guy. Jenkins is fair at best. Jaworski torched this guy yesterday on Micinelli right before they signed him. He cannot cover man to man and he misses tons of tackles. Other than that you love him, Right? He’s slight ly better than chung. Scouting report is tight hips and cannot play corner because he is too slow. But I’m sure you knew that too. Offensively they are bringing back the same offense. Maclin in avant out. Maclin is avant like after the ACL surgery I’m sure or else they wouls have gotten him for more yrs. And no one will have career yrs like they did last yr. This offense will be figured out. Other than that the eagles will jam a few draft picks down your throat and tell you how great they are, but this is basically the same team. I am still expecting a ware or revis type signing to keep the back page of the newspaper away from the phillies but nothing significant will come of it.

    Don’t just love just to love. It’s pathetic.

  16. thebirdofprey2 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:28 AM

    Eagles fans just know you’re getting an excellent special teams player and really gritty/tough/sure tackler in that aspect.

    Just don’t expect much of him at safety. I know whenever he got time in place of Earl/Kam I never felt at ease.

  17. philafly says: Mar 12, 2014 11:48 AM

    This is colt anderson and kurt coleman. so whoever goes they have replaced with the same guy. Jenkins is fair at best. Jaworski torched this guy yesterday on Micinelli right before they signed him. He cannot cover man to man and he misses tons of tackles. Other than that you love him, Right? He’s slight ly better than chung. Scouting report is tight hips and cannot play corner because he is too slow. But I’m sure you knew that too. Offensively they are bringing back the same offense. Maclin in avant out. Maclin is avant like after the ACL surgery I’m sure or else they wouls have gotten him for more yrs. And no one will have career yrs like they did last yr. This offense will be figured out. Other than that the eagles will jam a few draft picks down your throat and tell you how great they are, but this is basically the same team. I am still expecting a ware or revis type signing to keep the back page of the newspaper away from the phillies but nothing significant will come of it.

    Don’t just love just to love. It’s pathetic.
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    I am glad you can regurgitate what you listen to on the radio. I was listening to the same show. To say Jenkins is only slightly better than Chung is laughable. Did you actually watch Patrick Chung play, or are you just spewing nonsense?

    As for the offense, I am totally ok with the number 2 overall offense coming back untouched with the sole exception of switching Jason Avant for Jeremy Maclin. Avant was a nice 3rd down option that got absolutely no yards after the catch. Pretty sure Maclin can do at least that and much more. Maclin would have gotten multiple year offers on the market and said he wanted to take a one year contract with the Eagles to prove himself. You have no clue what you are talking about.

    If the Eagles do trade for Revis, it wouldn’t just be back page fodder, it would be a legitimate move that would improve the secondary immensely. Ware might be a nice add but I am not screaming to get him.

    Get a clue.

  18. Youknowimright says: Mar 12, 2014 12:02 PM

    I am glad you can regurgitate what you listen to on the radio. I was listening to the same show. To say Jenkins is only slightly better than Chung is laughable. Did you actually watch Patrick Chung play, or are you just spewing nonsense?

    As for the offense, I am totally ok with the number 2 overall offense coming back untouched with the sole exception of switching Jason Avant for Jeremy Maclin. Avant was a nice 3rd down option that got absolutely no yards after the catch. Pretty sure Maclin can do at least that and much more. Maclin would have gotten multiple year offers on the market and said he wanted to take a one year contract with the Eagles to prove himself. You have no clue what you are talking about.

    If the Eagles do trade for Revis, it wouldn’t just be back page fodder, it would be a legitimate move that would improve the secondary immensely. Ware might be a nice add but I am not screaming to get him.

    Get a clue.

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    You’re funny. Blinded by eagle love. So sad.

  19. sweetnlow44 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:14 PM

    Wow, I’m a huge Seahawks homer, but I don’t blindly love a player just because he plays for my team like some others here. If Eagle fans are expecting anything out of this guy, they’re crazy. Marigos had 2 of the absolute worst plays this past year that I’ve ever seen in the NFL. Ever. He obviously has the best agent in football if he was able to get a guaranteed million out of this deal. 4 million for 3 years isn’t a lot of money for an NFL player and if he was any good, don’t you think the Seahawks would have held onto him for that little? Good luck, Eagles. He’ll be lucky to make the roster and even then it’ll only be for special teams and I hope for you guys that, even with his very limited role, he doesn’t try to single handedly lose games for you like he did with the Seahawks.

  20. Klover Jane says: Mar 12, 2014 12:44 PM

    The man isn’t perfect. He’s depth and guess what, has a SB ring. Its something worth noting.

  21. navigator24 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:46 PM

    Ohhhh, and he already wears #42. That number will definitely be available for him this year.

  22. juliusanonymous says: Mar 12, 2014 1:12 PM

    Good luck to Maragos. Get that money and get a chance to possibly start. Great character guy, should bring some toughness and positivity to the locker room. You can see what kind of team mate he is in the Real Rob Report.

    As to the Eagles, I’d be uneasy with Chip Kelly as my coach. I watched every single Oregon Ducks game he coached. His offense looks impressive on paper, and against weaker opponents, but you put that spread offense on the field against a quality defense and he consistently gets shut down – watch the BCS title game against Auburn for a good example.

    As a Seahawk fan, I’m SO HAPPY that we got Pete Carroll rather than Jim Harbaugh or Chip Kelly. The one thing Pete Carroll has that the others don’t is a championship pedigree, and there is something to be said for that.

  23. mwsmith1547 says: Mar 12, 2014 2:19 PM

    Great pick up for philly your fans will love him.

  24. alldayseahawks says: Mar 12, 2014 2:32 PM

    Every comment on this board that tells the truth about Maragos has more dislikes than likes. I’m guessing it’s overexcited Philly fans who have never actually seen him play. THE GUY TRIED TO PASS THE BALL BEHIND HIM ON A BOTCHED FG ATTEMPT, WHILE IN THE PROCESS OF BEING TACKLED. He isn’t a special teams ace, he is a mistake prone run of the mill guy. When he tries to give a game away; just remember, we told you so.

  25. birdgang321 says: Mar 12, 2014 3:12 PM

    This has been such a major disappointment for the eagles so far. We missed on literally everything we needed.

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