While sports are mostly on pause in terms of games, free agency moves are still taking place within the NFL ahead of an expected 2020-21 season.
That included linebacker Jatavis Brown leaving the Los Angeles Chargers and signing with the Philadelphia Eagles as of Saturday.
Jatavis Brown signs one-year deal with Eagles
NFL insider Adam Schefter has been a busy man these days, as he keeps up with the various transactions going on within the NFL. That includes recent big moves involving Todd Gurley joining the Falcons and Tom Brady signing with the Buccaneers.
The Philadelphia Eagles looked to bolster either their defense or special teams with their signing on Saturday, March 21, bringing Jatavis Brown to the roster.
Per Adam Schefter’s tweet (via Rosenhaus Sports), it’s just a one-year deal for the former Los Angeles Charger.
So far, the particulars of the contract haven’t been reported. A Pro Football Talk report pointed out how Brown was mostly a special teams player last year when compared to his time spent playing defense. In fact, he played on 51 percent of the Chargers’ special team snaps compared to just nine percent for defense.
Based on that, it should be interesting to see where Philly uses him in their plans.
Free-agent linebacker Jatavis Brown is signing with the Eagles on a one-year deal, per @RosenhausSports.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 21, 2020
Jatavis Brown’s stats, highlights, and contract
The former-San Diego Chargers selected Jatavis Brown in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Akron. The team moved to Los Angeles a year later.
In college, Brown recorded 16.5 sacks, 340 tackles, 10 forced fumbles, and an interception in 35 total games played.
Through his career with the Chargers, Brown has played in 56 total games with starts in 23 of them. Throughout those games, he has 4.5 sacks along with 187 solo tackles and three forced fumbles, per Pro-Football-Reference stats.
The 5-foot-11, 221-pound outside linebacker has also recovered three fumbles and defended 12 passes while with the Chargers.
As far as his salary, Pro-Football-Reference lists Brown’s 2019 salary at $2.025 million as of this report. He signed a four-year deal back on May 5, 2016, worth $2.52 million with a $184,385 signing bonus. It also had $184,385 guaranteed, per Spotrac details.
That was four years ago, though. Jatavis Brown officially became a free agent in 2020, and now has a new team to try to show his skills with, as the Philadelphia Eagles saw a need he could fill on their roster.
Brown wasn’t the biggest name to leave the Chargers and sign with a new team by far. On Saturday, Adam Schefter also confirmed that their longtime quarterback Philip Rivers signed his one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts.