Eagles sign Myles Jack and Zach Cunningham to bolster depleted LB corps

PHILADELPHIA, PA – OCTOBER 30: Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Myles Jack (51) during the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, October 30, 2022 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA (Photo by John Jones/Icon Sportswire)

The Philadelphia Eagles have bolstered their linebacking core a week before the start of their preseason schedule.

Philadelphia announced Sunday afternoon that they had agreed to terms with both Myles Jack and Zach Cunningham. Both linebackers had gone in for a tryout earlier in the day before agreeing to one-year contracts.

The news comes after the current linebacking core had recently mixed to disappointing reviews through the first few weeks of training camp. Free agent acquisition Nicholas Morrow has been unable to earn the starting linebacker job while third-round pick Nakobe Dean is dealing with an injury.

Jack and Cunningham were two of the top free-agent linebackers available.

Myles Jack is a former second-round pick with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Last season he recorded a 53.6 Pro Football Focus grade with the Steelers while starting 13 games. He racked up 104 total tackles but did not record a sack, fumble, or recovery.

Cunningham, on the other hand, was drafted a year after Jack and has split time with the Titans and Texans. He recorded an above-average 60 PFF grade while starting in 11 games. He was a tackling machine in Houston but suffered a long-term injury in 2023 with Tennessee.

Both Cunningham and Jack are expected to compete for playing time on the final 53-man roster for the Eagles with the likes of Dean, Morrow, and rising star Christian Elliss.

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