When linebacker Zach Brown learned that the Eagles were interested in signing him in free agency, he told his agent to stop looking around for any other potentially interested teams.
“At the end of the day I’m at a place where I wanted to be, so I’m here,” said Brown on Monday. “I’m happy to be here. Now I have to hit the ground running when the season starts.”
And why did he want to be with the Eagles so badly?
“Why not pick here?” he said. “They have one of the best young quarterbacks, great receiving corps, good running backs, good offensive line, one of the best tight ends in the game, the defense - the cornerstone got hurt last year, but before that, they were locking stuff down. They have a great D line that puts pressure on any quarterback with just four people. I mean, why not?
“If you can only rush four and get pressure you can sit back and knock fire from people, I mean why not come here? And they have good coaching. Their coach is great. You know all the coaches. I knew most of the coaches before I came here, I knew of them.”
There was another reason to join the Eagles. It gives Brown an opportunity to stick it to his former team, the Washington Redskins, twice a year.
Brown was cut by the ’Skins in a salary cap move after they signed Reuben Foster, who has since torn his ACL and will miss the 2019 season.
“There’s nothing wrong with a little revenge,” said Brown.
Brown is one of the bigger trash talkers in the league, and his antics have rubbed some Eagles the wrong way when he was in Washington, particularly right tackle Lane Johnson. Brown said he and Johnson are cool now, though.
“This locker room is different from the locker room I came from,” said Brown. “There’s no cliques. It’s one big clique. I can talk over there and mess with the linemen, talk with them, chit chat, play cornhole. The running backs (lockers) are right there (next to the linebacker group’s lockers), so I always give them shit.
“All they talk about (in Washington), ‘Oh, the Eagles this, oh the Eagles that,’ but the Eagles, they’re worrying about – we’re worrying about winning a championship here.”
Brown practiced for the first time on Monday since joining the Eagles on May 3 on a one-year contract.
He said he is learning all three linebacker positions. The role he will ultimately settle into is still to be determined.
“I don’t know,” said Brown. “It’s something you have to ask the coach. Right now, it’s OTAs, it’s still early in the year, there’s a lot of things we have to figure out, so for me just go on day by day.”