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Eagles sign Leodis McKelvin to two-year deal

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Cornerback Leodis McKelvin liked what he heard when he visited the Eagles on Tuesday.

The Eagles announced that they have signed McKelvin to a two-year deal. No financial terms were disclosed, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that it is worth just over $6 million.

McKelvin spent his entire eight-year career with the Bills before being released over the weekend in a move that saved the Bills nearly $5 million under the salary cap. The move reunites McKelvin with Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, who ran the Buffalo defense in 2014.

McKelvin had 48 tackles, four interceptions and a forced fumble for the Bills that season. Those stats came in 10 games because McKelvin broke his ankle and missed the remainder of the season. That injury caused McKelvin to miss seven more games last season, but he closed out the year without further issue.

The Eagles have Nolan Carroll and E.J. Biggers headed to free agency and they’ve agreed to trade Byron Maxwell to Miami, so McKelvin probably won’t be the only new face in the secondary.

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37 Responses to “Eagles sign Leodis McKelvin to two-year deal”
  1. douchebigelow says: Mar 8, 2016 3:35 PM

    #1960

  2. distracted9 says: Mar 8, 2016 3:36 PM

    Now bring back Boy King!!

  3. bettywhiteshairnet says: Mar 8, 2016 3:39 PM

    Beware….he ALWAYS gets burned deep and please dont let him return punts, especially in prime time.

  4. adimuz95 says: Mar 8, 2016 3:39 PM

    key2heat says:
    Mar 8, 2016 1:11 PM
    Once he smells that odor in Philly he will run away.

  5. bathroombenlovemachine says: Mar 8, 2016 3:40 PM

    He will also dust of the Empty Super Bowl Trophy Case.

  6. Philly Eagles In 20xx? says: Mar 8, 2016 3:41 PM

    Big Balls Howie . . . strikes again!

  7. arcross12042004scorp15 says: Mar 8, 2016 3:45 PM

    Schwartz !
    Wish he was still in Buffalo. A great DC who knows how to use the talent he has. I expect him to bring in more ” misfit” Bills who are very talented, but don’t fit into Rex’s Mythical System.

  8. richiethegreek says: Mar 8, 2016 3:54 PM

    Good move. Still need to sign another Corner.

  9. fanofpft says: Mar 8, 2016 4:03 PM

    richiethegreek says:
    Mar 8, 2016 3:54 PM

    Good move. Still need to sign another Corner.

    .
    You need a lot of everything (Kelly had a part in). Can use the 8th overall pick you will get for a RB.

  10. chrisk61 says: Mar 8, 2016 4:04 PM

    Nolan carroll should be retained. he had a good yr for eagles last yr before injury. he stabilized the CB position after it became clear that Byron Maxwell was a train wreck.

  11. eagles1960 says: Mar 8, 2016 4:04 PM

    Do it howie. Super job.

  12. pioniere says: Mar 8, 2016 4:19 PM

    Just keep him away from kickoff returns and you’ll be fine.

  13. Youknowimright says: Mar 8, 2016 4:21 PM

    Greatest move in the history of the franchise. Eagles winning another off-season championship. The love for injured players continues. 0-50 sbs.

  14. akaodoyle says: Mar 8, 2016 4:25 PM

    Welcome to the Cornerback GraveYard, Leodis. Start saving, because Philly is a corner’s last stop.

  15. richiethegreek says: Mar 8, 2016 4:30 PM

    fanofpft says:
    Mar 8, 2016 4:03 PM
    richiethegreek says:
    Mar 8, 2016 3:54 PM

    Good move. Still need to sign another Corner.

    .
    You need a lot of everything (Kelly had a part in). Can use the 8th overall pick you will get for a RB.
    ——————————
    Huh? Anyway, maybe take a look at the roster again. We have a lot of pieces in place already?

  16. watermelon1 says: Mar 8, 2016 4:30 PM

    This is great news for NFC east quarterbacks.

    I wanted this guy to succeed so badly. Early in his career it was JUST occasional mental mistakes that happened to be at the worst possible moments which magnified them.

    But last year he was just getting best regularly and looked horrible. Like a corner that you can even defend having a roster spot. And he was even worse on special teams.

  17. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Mar 8, 2016 4:37 PM

    The Eagles shouldn’t have a lot of trouble talking defensive players into going there. Say what you want about Schwartz as a head coach, but defensive players LOVE playing for him.

  18. pedrov1 says: Mar 8, 2016 4:39 PM

    Gets turned around easily,good recovery speed, not a great tackler. Should help the Schwartz.

  19. Philly Eagles In 20xx? says: Mar 8, 2016 4:40 PM

    Really ,

    this move was made for Vet leadership.
    He is a Jim Schwartz guy.
    He knows Jim’s D’ scheme.
    stop-gap to teach the young-ins’, a solid pickup.

    never underestimate Vet leadership in a locker room.

  20. dohczeppelin says: Mar 8, 2016 4:45 PM

    arcross12042004scorp15 says:
    Mar 8, 2016 3:45 PM

    Schwartz !
    Wish he was still in Buffalo. A great DC who knows how to use the talent he has. I expect him to bring in more ” misfit” Bills who are very talented, but don’t fit into Rex’s Mythical System.

    __________________

    Eh, don’t be so dramatic. Gilmore is obviously CB1 and in McKelvin’s absence Ronald Darby stepped up and was a contender for defensive rookie of the year, making him a lock for CB2.

    Had nothing to do with Rex Ryan or his “scheme.” This was all about cap space. You’re not going to pay a CB3 or “meh” safety the kind of money you would give a starter. He was simply replaced. We needed the money elsewhere. Pretty simple really.

  21. logicalvoicepft says: Mar 8, 2016 4:47 PM

    Hey leodis look behind you it’s DeSean flying into the endzone!

    Hey ledois look up it’s the SKINS in first place!!

  22. ultimatefrisbee88 says: Mar 8, 2016 4:53 PM

    There are many NFL franchises I hate, and yet I would hate myself more if I spent time trolling PFT about super bowl wins after said team announces a low-level free agent signing.

    Weak tea.

  23. smokehouse56 says: Mar 8, 2016 4:54 PM

    Leodis Kelvin is only 30. The 2008 first-round pick was a starter for parts of his entire Bills career.
    With Byron Maxwell to the Miami Dolphins, the need for a cornerback was obvious. He started nine games in 2014 when Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz ran the Bills’ defense.

  24. fanofpft says: Mar 8, 2016 4:54 PM

    Huh? Anyway, maybe take a look at the roster again. We have a lot of pieces in place already?

    .
    Put as a question I would say no. You just lost 3 starters with more be shopped. Kelly’s gold.

  25. jrmalo23 says: Mar 8, 2016 4:56 PM

    So now we’re collecting Bills & Lions instead of Ducks???

  26. richiethegreek says: Mar 8, 2016 5:23 PM

    Yeah the question mark was a typo. Are you mad over Leodis Mckelvin? I’m confused. Who’s your team?

  27. officialgame says: Mar 8, 2016 5:55 PM

    Howdie Do it?

  28. catquick says: Mar 8, 2016 6:06 PM

    Bills fan……..great signing. I will miss him. He was just starting to play up to his potential as a 1st rd pick. He’s had some injuries, but most guys do. When healthy, he’s a star. I wanted us to keep him, but we got crushed by the cap. You won’t regret this. Other Bills fans may troll, but he’s worth it.

  29. fanofpft says: Mar 8, 2016 6:17 PM

    richiethegreek says:
    Mar 8, 2016 5:23 PM

    Yeah the question mark was a typo. Are you mad over Leodis Mckelvin? I’m confused. Who’s your team?

    Fins, not mad at anything. Just saying you guys need to replace parts lost from the Kelly/Peterson fire sale.
    And should be moving up to 8th pick from swapping picks in the trade. And could get a nice RB at that spot.

  30. pftwd3 says: Mar 8, 2016 7:00 PM

    Good low level signing. Doubly nice because signing free agents that were released doesn’t count against the team for compensation draft picks.

  31. thefootballgodssay says: Mar 8, 2016 7:23 PM

    Chip set your franchise back 84 years the eagles will not win a super bowl this century

  32. djbg2002 says: Mar 8, 2016 8:05 PM

    Dont forget they should have Jacorey Shepherd coming back

  33. brooks45 says: Mar 8, 2016 8:28 PM

    Just another CB for Bryant to burn, probably won’t even be healthy by then

  34. famundacheese says: Mar 8, 2016 8:31 PM

    3 players are gone. Man that never happens in an off season. How will they ever replace them. Wow they are going full rebuild. Oh they are having a fire sale. They are changing defenses also. What ever will they do!!!!!!!!

  35. sportsfreak61787 says: Mar 8, 2016 10:18 PM

    Hey catquick, know how I know your either a liar about being a bills fan, or just plain stupid? You called leodis mckelvin a star. Living up to his potential? He had one solid half of a season 3 years ago. Did you not watch the injury prone bum get burned by anyone and everyone last year. Addition by subtraction for buffalo! Hey philly enjoy the 2-3 games he will cost you due to awful coverage, and another additional game or two if you allow him to return punts or kicks.

  36. joetorontoisaclown says: Mar 9, 2016 1:23 PM

    Good luck Leodis….I always hoped you had more game than you showed. Maybe a change of scenery will do you some good. As a true Bill’s fan I always thought you played hard when you were on the field and when you were injured, you did all you could to get back on the field. No hard feelings here.

  37. joetorontoisaclown says: Mar 9, 2016 1:23 PM

    joetorontoisaclown says:
    Mar 9, 2016 1:23 PM
    Good luck Leodis….I always hoped you had more game than you showed. Maybe a change of scenery will do you some good. As a true Bill’s fan I always thought you played hard when you were on the field and when you were injured, you did all you could to get back on the field. No hard feelings here.
    ________________________________

    I’m even taking into account that fumble against New England.

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