The Philadelphia Eagles are signing free agent linebacker Paul Worrilow to a one-year contract, according to a report from NFL insider Mike Garafolo.
Worrilow ended up signing with the Lions last offseason. He made eight starts in 13 games played. More specifically, he played 25.4% of Detroit’s defensive snaps and 48.7% of their special teams snaps. He finished the 2017 season with 20 tackles, one pass defensed, and one fumble recovery.
Warrilow, who will turn 28 next month, won a state championship with Wilmington’s Concord High, but eventually walked on at Delaware, where he became one of the program’s most decorated players.
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Worrilow, 6-foot-1 and 232 pounds, signed as an undrafted free agent with the Falcons in 2013 and started 43 games for Atlanta over the next three seasons. He became more of a backup/special teamer in 2016, and continued in that role last season for Detroit.
Worrilow won’t necessarily play a lot of defensive snaps for the Eagles, but adding him could make the team more comfortable in parting with linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who carries a $7.6 million cap hit this year and isn’t likely to play a crucial role if Jordan Hicks and Nigel Bradham are healthy. The Eagles also have signed Corey Nelson, a former Denver linebacker who could be a Kendricks replacement.
Adding Worrilow, a starter in this league, is one of those moves that might not look like a whole lot right now, but one that could really pan out as 2018 unfolds. He’s not going to make mistakes on the field. He’s not going to be out of position. He’s going to be fine learning a new defense. And Worrilow is going to give the Eagles depth behind Bradham and Hicks, and he’s going to add competition across the board and on special teams.
The story is a nice one, and the fine people of Delaware are thrilled that one of their own is now an Eagle (joining Wendell Smallwood). All of that makes for a nice video feature. On the football field, though, Worrilow fits a role and that is to make a changing linebacker corps more talented, more competitive, and even more versatile.