Eagles signing linebacker Zach Brown

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The Eagles added some veteran help at linebacker Friday.

A league source tells PFT that Zach Brown has agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with the Eagles.

The Eagles didn’t draft any help at the position, so adding a player of Brown’s caliber is a boost for the unit.

The 29-year-old Brown was released by Washington this offseason in a cap-saving move, but remains a productive player, who should help the Eagles.

44 responses to “Eagles signing linebacker Zach Brown

  1. that’s excellent. Pro Football Focus graded him #3 at his position last year. So for $3m, can’t argue that signing one bit. Probably was between him and Darron Lee, certainly would have had to have given up draft pick in trading for Lee/Jets. Like it

  2. Fantastic pick-up for a team that truly needed linebacker help. I always hated/admired this guy when he played with the Skins. Another great move by Howie Roseman!!

  3. Great move! Cashing in on all these vets for cheap this offseason. #howiethegod

  4. All the Eagles need now is a QB that can stay healthy and they should be all set.

  5. Why don’t we just stop playing the games and just base everything off PFF grades since that’s all that matters in evaluating a player for most fans.

  6. Wonder why they haven’t signed Wents to a long term deal like Russell Wilson !

  7. The Patriots get Tom Brady for about the same thing a year ,,now that’s management !

  8. As you watch him play this year keep the following in mind:

    1- Whenever you see guys running wide open due to a blown assignment or missed gap responsibility; it was Zach who blew it – brain dead freelancer
    2- Whenever a difference making play is made (clutch 3rd down tackle short of the chains, a pick, forced fumble, a sack etc.) it won’t be him.

  9. He was a great LB for the ‘Skins, sad to see him go. I know that’ll come back to haunt us in our two games with the Eagles this year.

  10. I’ve watched almost every snap of his Redskins career. He has a lot of speed, but is poor in coverage.

    He made a lot of tackles, but apparently freelanced a lot and was responsible for allowing a lot of big plays due to not playing his assignment. As a result he was up and down, and was too much of a liability in the Redskins defense. They benched him for a rookie late in the year.

    So lots of potential, but there’s also a reason he didn’t stick with the Bills or Redskins.

  11. Great player. But at 29 and productive – why has he been bouncing from team to team?

    Why won’t a team give him a long term deal?

    ATTITUDE goes a long way.

  12. As much as the Eagles play nickle, I’m surprised this guy would want to sign with them. I’ll take it though. He’s a solid tackler.

  13. BILLY PENN IS A GIANTS FAN says:
    May 3, 2019 at 10:02 am
    Wonder why they haven’t signed Wents to a long term deal like Russell Wilson !

    WentZ. And it’s because they don’t need to right now. They may still this year, but it’s not really necessary. It can wait until after the season.

  14. burtmustin says:
    May 3, 2019 at 9:55 am
    All the Eagles need now is a QB that can stay healthy and they should be all set.

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    Ever notice how fans of other teams are the ones who are so “worried” about Wentz’s injury history? If you ask actual Eagles fans, they will usually tell you we’re cautious about it, but not overly worried. I will say that if he has another major injury this year, that’s when the real problem will begin.

  15. Typical uneducated responses.

    This guy won’t be in coverage. Eagles typically play the nickel. Second, forget stats, what you need to know is that teams don’t run at this guy…. EVER.

    With guys like Saquan and Zeke, the birds just cut the field in half.

  16. BILLY PENN IS A GIANTS FAN says:
    May 3, 2019 at 10:02 am
    Wonder why they haven’t signed Wents to a long term deal like Russell Wilson !
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    This coming from a Giants fan who’s team thinks that Eli still has 3 “good” years left in him and just drafted what many consider was the 4TH best QB in the draft at number 6….NOW THAT IS COMEDY!!!!

  17. Name 3 FA players that have thrived after signing with Washington. As for why he left Buffalo, I believe there was a coaching change and when that happens…players get cut. There’s a reason why Washington signed him.

  18. andreboy1 says:
    May 3, 2019 at 10:01 am
    Why don’t we just stop playing the games and just base everything off PFF grades since that’s all that matters in evaluating a player for most fans.
    —–
    2 things. 1st, as a fan, I don’t rely on on grades but if I’m not too familiar with a player it kinda shows you a little bit about them and if they grade out well then you have hope and know that there is talent there. Like rookie wr arcega-Whiteside, I saw he was graded as pff’s 3rd ranked wr in the draft. I dont know much about him but he graded well and I learned some more about him. And 2nd, why should we stop playing games and just look at their grades?(I get you were being sarcastic) because you DO KNOW that they grade players by watching their games, right? How would they get evaluated if the didn’t play??

  19. He was fast but couldn’t cover anyone out of the backfield. For 3mm, he’s still worth the investment though.

  20. eaglesmancave says:
    May 3, 2019 at 10:42 am
    burtmustin says:
    May 3, 2019 at 9:55 am
    All the Eagles need now is a QB that can stay healthy and they should be all set.
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    Ever notice how fans of other teams are the ones who are so “worried” about Wentz’s injury history? If you ask actual Eagles fans, they will usually tell you we’re cautious about it, but not overly worried. I will say that if he has another major injury this year, that’s when the real problem will begin.
    ——————–
    Enjoy your season when it is in the hands of Nate Sudefeld. It will happen. Glass Joe will go down.

  21. mykelane says:
    May 3, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    All the freelancing comments makes me think he needs better coaching.

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    Some players have a higher football IQ than others, and it matters. There’s more to the game than just physical tools.

  22. He’s going to help the Eagles.
    I’m happy that the Redskins released him. Plus signing him won’t affect the compensatory formula since he was released by the redskins.

  23. All I know is that I’ve seen this guy on the other side of the ball alot, and the SECOND I saw that he was released I thought “Man, eagles LB depth chart/room could really use this guy with who they’ve lost and who they have…” And now, it happened. We can talk about his shortcomings all we want- if you go look at the Eagles’ LB depth chart and conclude that this isn’t a good signing, you’re a fool.

  24. It wasn’t a cap move. There were plenty of reports about the coaching staff losing patience with his freelancing and towards the end of the year he was critical of the organization on social media.

    It was pretty clear that he would be cut before the end of last season.

    He’s very quick across the ground, he’ll make some spectacular plays but he’s a “me” player, not a team player.

  25. I’m sure the Redskins won’t feel losing him since they still have Marcus Smith II on their roster.

  26. Not a bad depth signing. But there’s a good reason why he’s bounced around the league, why he was benched last season, and why he was still available.

  27. You know what makes cut players better with their next team? Better coaching, better scheme, proper usage and winning. Eagles currently have all that over Redskins and Bills, so assuming he has talent, he should do better in Philly. This is why the Patriots can succeed with other teams cast offs.

  28. Redskins fan here. Zach Brown is an really good 2-down linebacker. He is great in run support. He is very fast and has a lot of range. Despite his speed, he’s poor in coverage. So I’d expect to see teams target him through the air.

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