After dealing out several “Chip” players with huge contracts and disappointing stats, the Eagles are set to go through the free agency having added roughly $10 million to their total cap number. They used a bit of cap space when they signed former Buffalo Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin to a two-year contract today. We’ll break down todays signing to see what it means for the Eagles defense and their cap space.
The 11th overall selection in the 2008 draft, McKelvin has spent all 8 years of his career with Buffalo, amassing an impressive resume playing in 98 total games, and starting 60 of them. In that time, he totaled 305 tackles, 12 interceptions, and 56 passes defended. He adds three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries to complete an impressive stat sheet. While he also played as return specialist (91 career kickoff returns and 71 punt returns) his age, the fact that the Eagles have better options for both, and 7 fumbles on 32 punt returns in 2013 means McKelvin is unlikely to see any action besides on defense.
Injuries have recently become a problem for the 30-year-old corner, who opened the 2015 season on the reserve/non-football related injury list before coming back to action in week 9. McKlevin started at safety week 9 against the Miami Dolphins, and started 5 more games during the rest of the season, one at safety and 4 at corner. His 2015 stats are 32 tackles, nine passes defended and 2 interceptions, including one against Sam Bradford where he snatched the ball out of Brent Celek’s hands. Now with the Eagles, McKelvin offers experience and versatility to an Eagles secondary with plenty of needs. His ability to line up anywhere, outside, inside, or at safety gives the Eagles much needed help with a team safe contract.
Overall, this signing adds needed depth and experience to the Eagles secondary without breaking the bank. Eagles fans should be excited to see McKelvin in green, and this smart, safe signing continues the idea that the Eagles may be in the midst of their best offseason in a while.