In an offseason that figures to involve several critical personnel decisions, the Eagles made a fairly simple one on Wednesday when they opted to re-sign free agent linebacker Paul Worrilow to a one-year contract.
The move is a win-win for both the team and Worrilow.
The Eagles need to piece together a linebacker corps that could potentially lose Jordan Hicks, D.J. Alexander and LaRoy Reynolds in free agency.
Worrilow needed a team willing to take a chance on a soon-to-be 29-year-old player coming off an ACL injury that sidelined him for the entire 2018 season. Worrilow injured his knee during one of the Eagles’ OTA’s last May, shortly after he had signed a one-year deal to play for the team he rooted for growing up in Wilmington, Del.
Now, he will get a second chance to make a first impression.
Linebackers under contract for the Eagles now include Worrilow, Nigel Bradham, Kamu Grugier-Hill and Nate Gerry.
In other news, the Eagles are expected to add Matt Burke as an assistant coach.
ESPN first reported the team will hire Burke, who spent the past two seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins, in a defensive advisory role under coordinator Jim Schwartz.
Schwartz and Burke have a history together, dating back to their days with the Tennessee Titans.
Burke, 42, was expected to be retained by Miami’s new coach. The Dolphins, who fired Adam Gase at the end of the season, are expected to hire New England’s Brian Flores after Super Bowl LIII.
In two years with the Dolphins, Burke’s defense weren’t very good. They ranked 29th in team defense and 27th in scoring defense last year and, in 2017, they were 16th in team defense and 29th in scoring defense.