Eric Wilson is the second defensive player signed by the Eagles in the offseason, after safety Anthony Harris.
PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Eagles have signed linebacker Eric Wilson and running back Jordan Howard to one-season contracts, the team announced Wednesday.
The 26-year-old Wilson tied for the NFL lead among linebackers with three interceptions in 2020, and also had three sacks and eight passes defended along with 122 tackles in his breakout season.
Eric Wilson remained in Minnesota’s starting lineup after the 2020 injury to Anthony Barr. EFE / EPA
He is the second defensive player from the Minnesota Vikings to be signed by the Eagles this offseason, alongside safety Anthony Harris. Defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon was a member of Minnesota’s coaching staff from 2014 to 2017 – coinciding with Wilson for a year – and is expected to draw from head coach Mike Zimmer’s system in creating his own in Philadelphia.
Howard, 26, rejoined the Eagles last November after being cut by the Miami Dolphins. He was traded from the Chicago Bears to Philadelphia in 2019 and rushed for 525 yards with six touchdowns in 10 games before being held back by injuries. Howard will compete for a spot in the running back with Miles Sanders and Boston Scott.
Wilson’s rise with the Vikings from undrafted free agent to special teams player to starting linebacker came to fruition beginning in Week 2 of the 2020 season, when Anthony Barr was sidelined with a required pectoral muscle injury. surgery.
Jordan Howard played for Philadelphia in 2019, and again in 2020, after being cut by Miami. Getty Images
From that point on, Wilson, who was previously the third linebacker in the roster order, participated in 100 percent of defensive opportunities for the Vikings. He was the only linebacker on the team to play every game last season.
At times, he suffered against the run, finishing with 20 missed tackles. His 38.3 rating was the lowest for any linebacker who played a minimum of 80 percent of plays last season, according to data from Pro Football Focus.
Information from Courtney Cronin was used in the writing of this note.