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The Eagles sign a top pass-rusher from South Jersey and will most likely let another go

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The Eagles are bringing home a South Jersey native by signing defensive end Haason Reddick.

Reddick, who had 11 sacks in his only season with the Carolina Panthers in 2021, will sign a three-year deal worth up to $49.5 million, with $30 million guaranteed.

The Eagles announced the move Monday afternoon, but Reddick confirmed it earlier by posting on his social media account “!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!

Reddick, 27, spent his first four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. The former first-round pick out of Temple flourished in 2020 with 12.5 sacks, nearly double his total of 7.5 sacks in his first three seasons.

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Reddick turned that 2020 season into a one-year deal worth $6 million with the Panthers. And he will now cash in with the team near where he grew up in South Jersey, starring for Haddon Heights High School.

For the Eagles, Reddick’s signing guarantees that Derek Barnett, picked once after Reddick in the 2017 draft (Reddick was 13th overall, Barnett 14th) will not return to the Eagles.

November 14, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, United States; Carolina Panthers outside linebacker Haason Reddick (43) catches and fumbles Arizona Cardinals quarterback Colt McCoy (12) during the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

It also means Reddick will form an imposing rotation with Josh Sweat, who tied for the team lead with 7.5 sacks, and Brandon Graham, who missed all but the first two games with a torn Achilles tendon.

The Eagles could also draft a defensive end with one of their three first-round picks at No. 15, 16 or 19. That would give the pick a chance to develop in a rotation with three proven veterans.

The Eagles would love that situation if Michigan’s David Ojabo or Purdue’s George Karlaftis are available when the Eagles pick. Both players grew up abroad and only started playing soccer in high school.

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman hinted at some kind of move at defensive end at the NFL scouting combine two weeks ago.

After all, the Eagles were second to last in sacks last season with just 29.

“The bottom line is we didn’t have enough pressure on the quarterback,” Roseman said at the combine. “We have to have pressure on the quarterback. … He’s a priority for us. We’ll have opportunities this offseason to do that, and I’d be very surprised if we didn’t do something there.”

Contact Martin Frank at [email protected] Follow @Mfranknfl on Twitter.

This article originally appeared in the Delaware News Journal: Eagles signing defensive end Haason Reddick from South Jersey

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