Birds Add Safety
Report: Eagles Sign Former Bucs S Justin Evans
One after after officially ending their pursuit of C.J. Gardner-Johnson, the Eagles moved to fortify their depleted safety position.
The team reportedly signed fourth-year safety Justin Evans, a 2017 second-round pick who spent last season with the Saints after injuries forced him out of football from 2019-2021.
The #Eagles are signing former #Bucs and #Saints free agent safety Justin Evans, per me and @MikeGarafolo. Evans helps fill a void at safety.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 20, 2023
Evans last year played in 15 games, starting four, and finished with 29 tackles, two pass breakups and a forced fumble while playing 39% of defensive snaps. He also played 28% of special teams snaps.
Evans, a Texas A&M product, joins a defense that just lost Gardner-Johnson, who on Monday signed with the Lions, and other starting safety Marcus Epps (Raiders) in free agency, leaving the Eagles with just backups K’von Wallace, Reed Blankenship and Andre Chachere to compete for starting spots.
It’s still an area of the defense that personnel chief Howie Roseman is likely to upgrade before the start of the season.
Evans is another low-risk signing of a once-promising prospect who’s career has been marked by injuries, joining running back Rashaad Penny and cornerback Greedy Williams.
After being picked 50th overall by the Buccaneers in 2017, Davis started 11 games as a rookie but ended his season on Injured Reserve. He also ended 2018 on Injured Reserve, after starting 10 games. In 2019, he missed the whole season with an Achilles injury, and also didn’t play in 2020. He also suffered through turf toe during his time on the sideline.
Evans finally returned to action this year with the Saints, playing the most games of his career. Evans showed playmaking skills as a rookie, finishing with three interceptions for 48 return yards.
– Geoff Mosher (@geoffmoshernfl) is co-host of the “Inside the Birds” podcast and staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.
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