Oct 14, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans linebacker Bryan Braman (50) warms up against the Green Bay Packers before the game at Reliant Stadium. The Packers won 42-24. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles Free Agency 2014: Eagles Sign LB/ST Bryan Braman


Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Not only did the Eagles continue their three-year raid of the Houston Texans linebacking corps with their second free agent acquisition on Wednesday, but they continued to place a heavy emphasis on special teams signing Bryan Braman to a two-year deal.

Per Braman’s agent Sean Stellato, the deal is a two-year $3.15 million dollar deal. Braman get’s $1 million guaranteed in the deal.

Along with recently acquired Chris Maragos, Philadelphia has now brought in multiple players who were standouts on their former team when it came to special teams responsibilities. If one remembers, the Eagles signed a similar player last season in Jason Phillips. Unfortunately, Phillips never saw the field for the Eagles as he suffered an injury in training camp. It is tough not to think that the organization saw the shoddy work done by last season’s special team’s unit in the Eagles’ playoff loss to the Saints and figure that has played a big role in their approach to free agency thus far.

Braman is an imposing figure of a player. At 6’5″ and somewhere between 230-250 pounds (depends on who you ask), the fourth year man out of Texas A&M certainly fits Chip Kelly’s ‘Big People’ mold.

So with Maragos and Braman in the fold, the Eagles have drastically improved their special teams unit. While offense and defense get all of the sizzle in the NFL, special teams is another major phase of the game and all of the best coaches will place just as much importance on it as the other two aspects. The Seahawks set a record last season for fewest yards allowed via punt return. This free agency period, with the signings of Maragos, Braman, and punter Donnie Jones, should tell you all you need to know about how much Chip Kelly thinks of special teams.

Braman has 12 career tackles, a half a sack, and a fumble recovery. Most importantly, however, Braman tackled a guy with his helmet off in 2012. Quite entertaining.

Update: CSN Philly’s Reuben Frank provides a full breakdown of Braman’s two-year deal.


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