Ex-Eagles defensive tackle Bennie Logan headed to Kansas City Chiefs

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Eagles defensive tackle Bennie Logan on teh bench during the game against the Washington Redskins October 16, 2016 at Washington. Logan was injured during this game. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer

Bennie Logan is no longer an Eagle. The free-agent defensive tackle signed a one-year contract with the Chiefs on Monday, an NFL source said.

The Eagles weren't expected to bring back Logan, who started in 51 games over four seasons. The Eagles' salary-cap situation made it difficult for the team to retain Logan.

Asked Friday if the Eagles could still keep their 2013 third-round draft pick, Eagles executive Howie Roseman said, "We're hopeful. Bennie is a good player, and we're in communication with his representatives, and we'll just see how all this shakes out here."

The Eagles have been preparing for Logan's departure for some time. They've been negotiating with defensive tackle Beau Allen on an extension. It's unclear if the Eagles believe that Allen could start alongside Pro Bowler Fletcher Cox, but he will at least be in the defensive-tackle rotation next season.

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So will Destiny Vaeao, an undrafted rookie last year. The only other defensive tackles on the roster are Aziz Shittu and Justin Hamilton. The Eagles will need to add bodies, whether through free agency, the draft, or after the draft.

Logan, 27, averaged 51 tackles and seven tackles for loss in four seasons with the Eagles. He finished with a total of 51/2 sacks, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. He was, at times, a dominant run stopper.

He struggled to generate much of a pass rush, however. Logan, who was a base down nose tackle in his first three seasons, will likely play that position for the Chiefs, who employ a 3-4 scheme.