By Justin Adkins:
The Eagles have signed former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rashad Jeanty to a one-year contract.
While not a big playmaker and certainly not the answer to the Eagles overall problems at linebacker, it’s a very solid depth signing that could prove to be even more.
Jeanty, 27, is a 6-2, 243 lb outside linebacker who has spent the last five years with the Bengals, starting 32 of 53 games over four seasons. Last year, Jeanty missed the entire season due to a fractured fibula near the ankle suffered in a playoff game at the end of 2009.
The Bengals and their medical staff eventually took criticism for the way Jeanty’s injury was handled. After the lower leg was broken in the game against the Jets, Jeanty was told by the Bengals that the injury wouldn’t require surgery; however, the linebacker then became a restricted free agent in the offseason and when he visited the Dolphins the team advised Jeanty that major invasive surgery was required to stabilize his ankle. Jeanty underwent surgery and the Dolphins passed on signing him.
The Bengals then cut him late in 2010’s training camp for failing a physical.
It’s likely that Jeanty will play with a chip on his shoulder, seeking to right the perceived wrong done to his career by a substandard organization. For the Eagles, that’s probably not a bad thing.
Undrafted out of Central Florida where he played alongside Asante Samuel, Jeanty spent 2003-2005 with Edmonton in the Canadian Football League before finally catching on in Cincinnati. He is known as an extremely tough player who excels against the run and despite generally being a starter is a stand-out on special teams. In December 2008, his Bengals teammates voted Jeanty to receive the Ed Block Courage Award.
He will likely compete with Moise Fokou for the starting strongside linebacker job.
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