So much for being on the roster bubble. Eagles linebacker Akeem Jordan, previously a question mark to even make the team, has been rewarded with a two-year contract extension.
Since signing with the Eagles in 2007 as an undrafted free agent, Jordan has been known for being a special teams ace. Pressed into somewhat regular duty on defense the past couple seasons, Jordan showed why he belongs on special teams. After spending time at his most natural weakside LB spot, Jordan moved to the strong side where at 6-1, 230 his lack of size was clearly a disadvantage. Now he’s technically listed as the backup middle linebacker behind Casey Matthews, though if Jordan is seeing snaps there the Eagles will be in all kinds of trouble.
He’s a hard worker and seems like a great locker room guy but he’s just not an NFL-level talent. Really, he’s a less loquacious Ike Reese.
That’s why it was seen as a possibility that the Eagles would move on this season, as Jordan was an unrestriced free agent. The Eagles M.O. has always been to go younger and cheaper, so it was slightly surprising that Jordan was re-signed, even if it was a one-year deal. Even then, Jordan never seemed to be a lock for the roster. That’s obviously no longer the case.
Amazingly, Jordan is the oldest Eagles linebacker at only 26. It sounds like the Eagles just wanted to make sure their special teams were being led by a veteran who can get it done, and that’s not a bad thing. With so much youth and uncertainty at the position it can’t hurt to have a veteran there, even if he’s not really a defensive contributor.
In 53 career games, Jordan has started 20 times, putting up 181 tackles, one sack and two interceptions to go along with 71 total special teams tackles.
BY THE NUMBERS
There’s good news for those who couldn’t wait to get that Nnamdi Asomugha jersey — he’s decided to keep 24 instead of changing back to the 21 that he wore in Oakland. The number was available thanks to the release of Joselio Hanson. Instead, the number is going to Ronnie Brown, who is giving up Brian Westbrook’s old 36.
Speaking of switches, Steve Smith goes from 19 to 11 and Jarrad Page goes from 25 to 41. Dion Lewis will wear 28, his number at Pitt, and recently acquired guard Kyle DeVan will wear No. 68.