3 offseason moves from NFC East rivals that scared Commanders
By Jerry Trotta
1. Eagles add Haason Reddick
Haason Reddick’s career trajectory is different than most first-round picks, but he’s finally established himself as a household name in the NFL. If you can believe it, it wasn’t until his fourth season with the Cardinals in 2020 until Reddick popped and showed his true potential as a former No. 17 overall pick.
A former off-ball linebacker, Reddick has transformed into a three-down pass rusher and his presence figures to balance out an Eagles front seven that’s largely been dependent on interior studs Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave. Now, though, Brandon Graham, Josh Sweat and Derek Barnett can operate with more freedom.
Over the last two seasons, Reddick’s 28 sacks rank fourth among edge rushers, per Pro Football Focus. Over that span, he’s racked up 27 tackles for loss, 34 QB hits, eight forced fumbles, 100 pressures and 69 run stops.
If you’ve followed Reddick’s career, it’s hard not to feel good that he’s back playing for his hometown Eagles. He played college ball at Temple and was born and raised in Camden, New Jersey, which is 20 minutes from Philly.
Even with financial security in the form of a three-year, $45 million deal with $30 million guaranteed, you have to think Reddick is motivated to put on a show for the Eagles. From a Commanders perspective, that’s pretty daunting to think about given he’s seemingly just entering his prime.