While The Eagles front office and Eagles fans are focused on trying to get C.J. Gardner-Johnson to stay in Philly, the team’s other starting safety has quietly moved on.
Marcus Epps has signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Las Vegas Raiders with nearly $8 Million of that guaranteed.
Epps logged a career-high 1,095 regular season snaps in 2022. He registered 94 tackles (four tackles for loss), six passes defended, and one forced fumble.
In four years as an Eagle, Epps totaled 208 tackles (four tackles for loss), 15 passes defended, three interceptions, and one forced fumble.
The Eagles seem to like Reed Blankenship to have a more prominent role in 2022, but aside from him, there are currently no other reliable safeties currently on the roster (though K’Von Wallace seemed to be figuring things out later in the season).
If the Birds can’t retain CJGJ, then expect them to use a high draft pick on a safety or sign a medium-tier safety in free agency to try to plug the hole that would be left on the defense if both starting safeties from 2022 are gone.