Now here’s something you don’t see every day: the Philadelphia Eagles passing on a pair of players entering the prime of their career for the 30-something NFL veteran.
The 27-year-old Clowney hit free agency with concerns he’s injury-prone while the 25-year-old Ngakoue would require significant draft capital to extract from the Jacksonville Jaguars, not to mention a boatload of cash after being slapped with the franchise tag.
Enter Everson Griffen, the 32-year-old pass rusher who remains on the open market after 10 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.
Griffen fanned the free agency flames on Sunday when responding to a post on Twitter:
Griffen is a four-time Pro Bowl selection who has played at least 15 regular-season games in eight of the last nine years. He’s had at least eight sacks in six of the last eight seasons, including 2019.
And in case you’re wondering if the Eagles can still afford to sign a top-tier pass rusher this close to training camp, the answer is a resounding yes.
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