Aug 022011
New Eagles RT Ryan Harris

New Eagles RT Ryan Harris (photo: Jeffrey Beall)

The Eagles non-stop free agent collecting spree continues today with the announced signing of right offensive tackle Ryan Harris, formerly of the Denver Broncos.

Harris, 6-5 and 315 pounds, was was a four-year starter at left tackle for Notre Dame. He started eight games at right tackle as a freshman and then went on to start 36 straight games at left tackle to wrap up his Irish career.  He was a well regarded talent and many considered him a future first-round pick.  Unfortunately, while more than solid he never really became that dominant a player, causing him to fall to the Broncos in the third round.  As a pro, Harris’ career has been plagued by injuries, from back issues during his first training camp to a dislocated toe in 2009.  He has played in 46 games over his four-year career, starting 34, including 10 in 2010.

Harris has signed a one-year deal, just like newly acquired running back Ronnie Brown.  Again, the Eagles are looking to strike easy gold with a talented player in a buyer’s market who needs a fresh start and who can hopefully find a way to stay healthy.

With Winston Justice on the Physically Unable to Perform list right now during camp, and really, not being all that great to begin with, Harris is a quality signing.  He will compete with Justice, King Dunlap, second-year player Austin Howard, and possibly Mike McGlynn for a roster spot.  None of them really inspire much confidence but hopefully someone will step up and decisively take the job.

As the Eagles progress through their Madden franchise, all that remains is finding a veteran middle linebacker.  Once that happens this team will be poised to completely dominate.

One player who won’t be playing on the Eagles offensive line is Max Jean-Gilles, who just signed a free agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.  No big loss there.

UPDATE: Jay Glazer has just reported the Eagles have signed safety Jarrad Page, who last played for the Patriots.  Page was originally drafted by the Chiefs and was a starter there before falling out of favor last offseason and being traded to the Patriots.  He hasn’t seen the field much the past two seasons and should only be seen as a depth signing.  That said, with Marlin Jackson’s injury history and Nate Allen coming off a major injury himself, not to mention the fact that the other projected safeties are second-year player Kurt Coleman and rookie Jaiquawn Jarrett, Page may just have a chance to stick.

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