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How Landri fits in

The Eagles announced Monday morning that they've agreed to terms on a one-year deal with defensive tackle Derek Landri.

How Landri fits in

The Eagles and defensive tackle Derek Landri have agreed to a one-year deal. (David Maialetti/Staff file photo)
The Eagles and defensive tackle Derek Landri have agreed to a one-year deal. (David Maialetti/Staff file photo)

The Eagles announced Monday morning that they've agreed to terms on a one-year deal with defensive tackle Derek Landri.

Landri's had an interesting couple of years. In 2010, he was a full-time starter with the Panthers. The Eagles brought him in to camp last summer, but cut him before the regular season. After an Antonio Dixon injury, he rejoined the team in Week 5 and went on to lead the Eagles with eight tackles for loss. Landri also added two sacks and 18 quarterback hurries.

As part of the defensive tackle rotation, he played about 44 percent of the snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. But his playing time increased as the season went on. Landri played over 55 percent of the team's snaps in the final four games.

The Eagles now have Cullen Jenkins, Mike Patterson, Dixon and Landri as pieces of the defensive tackle rotation. Cedric Thornton, an undrafted free agent last year, could also be in the mix.

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But I don't think this signing has much of an effect on the team's draft plans. If they view someone like Mississippi State's Fletcher Cox as a difference-maker, they could still go that route and create some competition/depth going into training camp.

Meanwhile, the Eagles have set up their roster to really take the best player available in the first round. I'll write more about this on Tuesday, but that could include defensive tackle, linebacker, wide receiver or cornerback.

The Eagles' defensive line accounted for 47 of the team's 50 sacks last season. Other than Juqua Parker (1.5 sacks) and Trevor Laws (1 sack), every lineman who played in 2011 will have a chance to earn a roster spot in 2012.

In case you missed it from earlier today, I posted on the Eagles' reported interest in Dolphins safety Yeremiah Bell.


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