Eagles bolster safety depth, sign Andrew Sendejo

The signing of the veteran gives the Birds a third safety behind Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod

The Eagles continued to add depth to their roster by signing safety Andrew Sendejo to a one-year contract on Monday.

The team needed a third safety with Corey Graham’s contract expiring. Sendejo is now that third safety, behind starters Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod.

Sendejo, who will turn 32 in September, is a veteran of nine NFL seasons, during which he has played in 99 career games, including playoffs. The 6-1, 210-pound Sendejo has collected 432 tackles with seven interceptions and 31 passes defended. After starting his career with the Dallas Cowboys, he has spent the past eight seasons with the Minnesota Vikings and, in 2014, was named the Vikings’ Special Teams Player of the Year.

The Eagles converted rookie cornerback Avonte Maddox to safety out of necessity last year when injuries took their toll on the last line of defense.

Maddox could still be used in a safety role and perhaps another cornerback is cross-trained at that position because the corner spot is crowded at the moment after the Eagles decided to bring back Ronald Darby, signing the 25-year-old late last week to a one-year deal worth $8.5 million.

Darby is joined on the corner by Sidney Jones, Jalen Mills, Rasul Douglas, and Cre’Von LeBlanc.

The position could very well sort itself as OTAs and training camp progress.

Jones and Mills are coming off an injury-riddled season and LeBlanc must prove he is capable of consistently playing at the high level he did after joining the Eagles in early November when he took over in the slot.

Douglas played better with each start, as well, and proved to be a strong tackler in open space.

In addition to adding depth at safety, the Eagles have also built it at linebacker, when they signed L.J. Fort last week. Fort, 29, is another veteran, joining ghe league in 2012. He has only made three career starts, however, and is more known for his excellent work on special team.

The Eagles also addressed their defensive line when they opened free agency by signing tackle Malik Jackson.

There is still one glaring hole, and that is at running back.

That answer may be still yet to come as free agency heads into its second week.

In other Eagles news, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who became a free agent after one season in Philly, announced his retirement from atop Mount Kilimanjaro on Monday.

Ngata posted an Instagram video from his perch high above the world that went like this: "Just a man standing on top of the world with a heart full of gratitude. Thank you Lord for letting me play the game I love for 13 unforgettable years. I'm retiring on top. I might be finished playing football, but I'm holding tight to the friendships, memories and wisdom I've gained along the way. 'Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.' Walking away with no regrets, just peace in knowing I gave it my all and had a helluva lot of fun doing it."

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