The Eagles added some competition to their young linebacking corps Monday when the team agreed to terms with Monte Simmons, a linebacker who spent the 2011 season on the San Francisco 49ers practice squad. Simmons, an undrafted rookie in 2011, played collegiately at Kent State.
Simmons, 6-3, 226, spent his entire rookie campaign on the 49ers practice squad. A four-year defensive end at Kent State, the 23-year-old finished his collegiate career with 21.5 sacks, three shy of the school record. He earned second-team All-MAC accolades following his junior season in 2009 after leading the team with 8.5 sacks and 16 tackles for a loss. The Swissville, PA, native earned first-team all-conference honors as a senior at Woodland Hills High School.
Simmons, 23, will become the eighth linebacker on the team's roster, joining Jamar Chaney, Keenan Clayton, Greg Lloyd, Casey Matthews, Brian Rolle, Moise Fokou and Akeem Jordan.