The Philadelphia Eagles added another unique player to their fast-paced offense. While the Ravens are trying to take WR Danny Amendola away from them and others, the Eagles have secured a hotly-pursued weapon in free agency.

Visiting was James Casey, the former Texans TE who can also play FB and WR, and his speed was underutilized by a team that preferred to have its tight ends run routes after first blocking like each play was a run. Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak is a legendary offensive mind, but the offense plays to the strengths of QB Matt Schaub (somewhat weak-armed QB who sells the play-action well). The Eagles agreed to a 3-year, $14.5 million contract for Casey.

The more I’ve read about Eagles HC Chip Kelly’s offense at Oregon, the more amazed I am: Amazed at how aggressive it is, amazed that more teams in college or pros haven’t tried it.

15 teams had been after Casey, who was a standout at Rice.

The Eagles also agreed to terms with CB Bradley Fletcher, S Patrick Chung, LB Jason Phillips and DL Isaac Sopoaga.

They had a need at safety. However, Isaac Sopoaga will impact the team more than the others. Sopoaga appeared in 120 games for the San Francisco 49ers, whose run defense was ranked 11, 16, 5, 8th, 3rd, 2nd, 1st and 3rd in yards-per-carry during his seasons there.

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