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By Connor Donald, Sports Talk Philly Contributing Writer
Howie Roseman opted to spend the majority of his free agency addressing the defensive side of the ball, bolstering an already scary defensive line with Javon Hargrave and trading for the shutdown corner Eagles fan have been deprived of for years in Darius Slay. He also overhauled the safety position, letting Malcolm Jenkins go and bringing back Jalen Mills and Rodney McLeod to cover safety while bringing in former Bronco and Philly Native, Will Parks.
Beyond building those three key positions, Howie Roseman also took a shot at the ever-neglected linebacker position with Jatavis Brown. Wait, who?
Most may not know, but Brown is a former Los Angeles Charger coming off an underwhelming 2019 where he played in only five games. However, if a return to 2018 Brown is possible in 2020 (94 total tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble and 2 tackles for loss) paired with his great athleticism, he could come as an underrated signing.
At this point, Eagles fans likely remain worried about the LB position, but in a 4-3 defense like Schwartz runs, the LB position is the least important. This is clear from the investment in the secondary and defensive line by Roseman. The Eagles rank 31st in cap spending in the NFL at the LB position at just $3,839,166, though the Brown signing has yet to be fully confirmed. The position is headlined by Brown, Nate Gerry and Duke Riley, not exactly promising.