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March 21, 2020

Report: Eagles to sign former Chargers LB Jatavis Brown

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The Eagles signed linebacker Jatavis Brown to a one-year prove it deal.

The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms with 26-year-old linebacker Jatavis Brown, according to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus.

Brown was drafted by the Chargers in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, and has been a contributor for them for four years. His career numbers:

 Jatavis BrownTackles (TFL) Sacks INT (PBU) FF-FR 
 2016 (12 games, 7 starts)79 (8) 3.5 0 (6) 2-1 
 2017 (16 games, 5 starts)79 (2) 0 (1) 0-1 
 2018 (15 games, 10 starts)97 (4) 0 (5) 1-0 
 2019 (13 games, 1 start)10 (0) 0 (0) 0-1 


As you can see, he had a reduced role last season. Over his career, Brown has made a lot of tackles, but has been light on splash plays. At 5’11, 221, Brown is an undersized linebacker, but he has intriguing speed, and can hit.

Every year in free agency since the current coaching and front office regime took over in 2016, the Eagles have added depth at linebacker / special teams.

• 2019: L.J. Fort

• 2018: Corey Nelson, Paul Worrilow, LaRoy Reynolds

• 2017: Najee Goode (re-signed)

• 2016: Nigel Bradham

Brown is this year’s version, and it appears as though he has some decent upside.


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