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    Worst Philadelphia Eagles Free Agent Signings of All Time: From DeMarco Murray to Nnamdi Asomugha

    The Philadelphia Eagles have made their fair share of embarrassing signings. Which five free agent signings were the worst in franchise history?

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    Published on June 30, 2024 | 7:00 PM EDT

    While the Philadelphia Eagles have enjoyed plenty of success in free agency in recent years, that hasn’t always been the case in the City of Brotherly Love.

    Throughout the franchise’s history, the Eagles have made plenty of mistakes in free agency. Several players appeared to initially be home-run signings before quickly falling out of favor in Philadelphia.

    Ranking the Worst Free Agency Moves in Philadelphia Eagles’ History

    While Eagles fans would prefer to pretend that several of these free agent signings never happened, they are a constant reminder that nothing is guaranteed. Before we get into the five worst Eagles free agent signings of all time, it’s worth revisiting a few honorable mentions.

    When Philadelphia signed quarterback Vince Young to a one-year, $4 million deal in free agency, it didn’t seem like much of a big deal. Yet, Young’s comments after joining the team are what made his tenure in Philadelphia notable.

    Young infamously called the Eagles a “dream team” before they ultimately missed the playoffs the following season.

    In 2004, Philadelphia signed defensive end Jevon Kearse to a monstrous eight-year, $65 million deal. After totaling 47.5 sacks in five seasons with the Tennessee Titans, Kearse was underwhelming for the Eagles, totaling just 22 in four seasons with Philadelphia.

    Although those two players failed in Philadelphia, they aren’t among the worst in franchise history. Now let’s dive into the five worst Eagles free agent signings of all time.

    5) DeMarco Murray

    The Eagles handed head coach Chip Kelly full control of the team’s roster in 2015. And one of his first moves in free agency was signing former Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray to a five-year, $42 million contract.

    While many were worried about Murray breaking down due to his workload in Dallas, Kelly was clearly willing to take a risk. Yet, it didn’t pay off at all.

    Murray played an inconsistent role in the Eagles’ backfield, sharing time with Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles. Murray played just one season in Philadelphia, totaling 702 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns in 15 games. He averaged just 3.6 yards per carry, tied for the lowest mark in his NFL career.

    Following Kelly’s firing in December 2015, Murray was eventually traded to the Tennessee Titans in 2016.

    4) Demetress Bell

    After starting left tackle Jason Peters ruptured his Achilles tendon during an offseason workout, the Eagles signed Demetress Bell to a five-year deal in free agency, worth up to $34.5 million.

    Following Peters’ injury, Philadelphia viewed Bell as a much-needed replacement at arguably the second-most important position on offense. Yet, Bell started just five games in Philadelphia before losing his job to King Dunlap.

    In those five starts, Bell managed to allow a whopping 27 total pressures. He was clearly overmatched on the left side, and Philadelphia quickly transitioned to Dunlap. In 2012, Dunlap also allowed 27 total pressures, but he did so in 12 games compared to Bell’s five.

    3) Stacy Andrews

    In 2009, the Eagles needed help along the interior of their offensive line and looked for some brotherly love in free agency. Philadelphia signed Stacy Andrews — Shawn Andrews’ older brother, who was already a member of the team’s offensive line — to a monstrous contract to join his brother.

    Stacy Andrews signed a six-year, $38 million deal to improve the interior of Philadelphia’s offensive line. Yet, his Eagles career got off to a rough start, and he was benched just two games into the regular season.

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    Andrews was benched in favor of Max Jean-Gilles, due to his struggles both on and off the field. The former was dealing with a knee injury that he never fully recovered from during the previous season. Eagles offensive line coach Juan Castillo mentioned that Andrews needed more time to refine his pass-blocking technique as well.

    Unfortunately, Andrews’ benching was the beginning of the end to his career with the Eagles. After agreeing to a restructured contract in March 2010, he was eventually traded to the Seattle Seahawks that September. He played just one season in Seattle before playing his final NFL season with the New York Giants in 2011.

    2) Byron Maxwell

    After years of disappointing play at cornerback, Byron Maxwell was supposed to be the answer to all of Philadelphia’s secondary struggles. As a member of the feared “Legion of Boom,” Maxwell excelled as an outside cornerback for the Seahawks.

    The Eagles signed Maxwell to a six-year, $63 million deal in free agency, as the team truly thought he would be a star cornerback for several years. Yet, he immediately struggled in Philadelphia and surely failed to live up to the hype of his mega deal.

    After just one season in Philadelphia, the Eagles decided it was time to move on.

    Following his return as Philadelphia’s lead decision-maker, Howie Roseman traded Maxwell to the Miami Dolphins to move up in the 2016 NFL Draft. The compensation that the Eagles received for him is the only reason that he wasn’t higher on this list.

    1) Nnamdi Asomugha

    Before the Eagles attempted to address the team’s cornerback issues with Maxwell, they signed another player to a mega deal in 2011. Philadelphia signed former first-team All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to a five-year, $60 million deal, which included at least $25 million guaranteed.

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    Due to his play with the Oakland Raiders, Asomugha was widely regarded as one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL. The move appeared to be a significant addition for the Eagles, but Asomugha failed to live up to the hype and struggled during his time in Philadelphia.

    After failing to play at an elite level during his two seasons, the Eagles decided it was time to move on from Asomugha. But despite being able to trade away Maxwell, Philadelphia wasn’t able to find a deal for Asomugha. The two sides couldn’t agree on a restructured contract, and Philadelphia eventually released Asomugha following the 2012 season.

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