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On the first day of the NFL’s legal tampering period, the Philadelphia Eagles agreed to terms with former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Javon Hargrave on a 3-year deal worth $39 million with $26 million guaranteed.
Hargrave is a young 27 and graduated from South Carolina State University (D1 FCS) with 37 sacks and 63.0 tackles for loss. He was then selected in the 3rd round by the Steelers.
Hargrave had an impressive four seasons in Pittsburgh’s 3-4 defense and has shown he has room to grow.
He will transition to Philadelphia’s wide 9, 4-3 defense and likely be even more productive than he was in Pittsburgh.
Whenever athletic defensive tackles transition from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defense, they tend to be more productive because they aren’t consistently being double teamed by a center and guard. In a 4-3 Hargrave can focus on dominating guards around the league.
Javon Hargrave is an athletic and all-around excellent defensive tackle. Standing at 6’ 5” and weighing in at 305lbs, Hargrave is a force when lined up on an offensive guard or center. Hargrave played across the entire defensive line from nose to 5 tech. He is versatile and can be the best counterpart Fletcher Cox has had. Hargrave will help the Eagles’ defense immensely. Interior pressure is key to throwing off quarterbacks in the NFL and is a premium asset to have.
Javon Hargrave racked up 10.5 sacks in the past two seasons and 14.5 total in his career. For a 3-4 nose tackle, that is truly impressive. Hargrave also had a pass pressure rate of 14.8% in 2019 ranking only behind Aaron Donald and JJ Watt. Hargrave also has 168 career tackles and 22 tackles for loss. Hargrave putting up these numbers as a nose is scary and even more terrifying knowing he is coming to a scheme where he will be unleashed. Dak Prescott has to be shaking thinking of the menace the Eagles defensive line has become.
This is shaping up to be an excellent signing. Hargrave is a premier talent and has a cool nickname, Gravedigger. He also is not a fan of the Cowboys as voiced on his Twitter profile. He should fit right in.
It is no secret Howie Roseman and the Eagles are following the 2016 free agency model to find long term pieces to fuel another super bowl run and to kick off a dynasty. Eagles fans have to be excited to see what the Eagles do next.
Can they repeat the great signings of 2016?
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