Philadelphia Eagles to add LB Corey Nelson, DT Haloti Ngata

Carrie Guzman
March 14, 2018

According to Adam Schefter, the Eagles will sign former Lions' defensive tackle Haloti Ngata to a one-year deal. The signing, which is a one-year, $2.25 million deal, cannot become official until the new league year begins on Wednesday. He played just five games last season, the first time he's ever missed fewer than 12 games in his 12-year career.

Ngata will likely take the snaps of free agent Beau Allen backing up star tackles Timmy Jernigan and Fletcher Cox along the interior of the Eagles line. Ngata suffered a biceps injury against the Carolina Panthers in Week 5 of the 2017 season, which resulted in him going on injured reserve. He has 29.5 career sacks and 6.0 career forced fumbles. On defense he was a backup on paper, but a starter in the eyes of coaches. "He's our third inside linebacker - our starting dime player in sub (packages)", coach Vance Joseph said previous year prior to Nelson's injury. On most teams, Corey would be a starter.

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Ngata had spent the last three seasons in Detroit. He's a full core (special-teams) player. In 2016, Broncos ranked 28th in rushing yards (130.3 allowed per game).

At the National Football League combine in Indianapolis last month, Broncos general manager John Elway said he would like to re-sign Davis, and Davis earlier said the feeling was mutual.

The Eagles have agreed to a one-year deal with linebacker Corey Nelson, a person familiar with the situation has told NJ Advance Media.

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