The Eagles made a quick move out of the gate Wednesday morning in an attempt to bolster their special teams and add some secondary depth by signing Chris Maragos, formerly of the Seattle Seahawks, to a three-year contract.
#Eagles have agreed to terms on a three-year contraat with safety/special teamer Chris Maragos, formerly of the Seattle Seahawks.
— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) March 12, 2014
The deal is reportedly worth just over $4 million including $1 million of guaranteed money. Maragos, 27, has spent his entire career in the NFC West. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the 49ers in 2010 before heading north to play with Seattle the last three seasons.
In addition to providing depth at the safety position, Maragos is apparently a special teams ace. Given how strong the Seahawks were in kickoff and punt coverage, bringing in a standout player from that group should pay noticeable dividends for the Eagles. With Philadelphia stalwarts Colt Anderson and Kurt Coleman both on the open market, Maragos will most likely step in and fill a similar role to each of them in terms of heading up the special teams unit.
The first notable transaction of the day for the Eagles was far from a headliner, but these are the types of additions that help build up championship rosters. Maragos comes from a winning culture where special teams was expected to be just as dynamic as offense or defense. Also, although it does not necessarily speak volumes about his play on the field, Maragos apparently spurned an NFC East rival by coming to the Eagles. A decision that speaks volumes about his mental health and well-being.
The Eagles beat out the Redskins for the services of Seattle LB Chris Maragos, an elite special teams performer
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 12, 2014
Adding a superb performer at his given position on a cheap deal AND beating out the Redskins for a free agent is a solid way to start any Wednesday.
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