The Eagles welcomed back veteran defensive tackle Derek Landri as they agreed to terms Monday morning on a one-year deal.
Landri played in 12 games for the Eagles last season and brought a spark off the bench with a team-high eight tackles for loss. Landri had 43 tackles, 2.0 sacks and a blocked field goal.
The 6-2, 290-pound Landri was signed by the Eagles in training camp last year. Despite a productive preseason, Landri was released during the final roster cutdown. Landri was re-signed when Antonio Dixon went to injured reserve with a torn triceps muscle.
The 28-year-old Landri was one of two unrestricted free agent defensive tackles on the market for the Eagles along with Trevor Laws. Both players generated interest in recent days. Laws visited with the St. Louis Rams last week and Landri was reportedly on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' radar. However, the Bucs agreed to terms over the weekend with defensive tackle Amobi Okoye taking Landri out of the mix.
The Eagles have starters Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins in the fold along with Dixon, who signed a one-year deal earlier this offseason, Cedric Thornton and now Landri.
Just two seasons ago, Landri started all 16 games for the Carolina Panthers and had a career-high 63 tackles and 3.0 sacks. In five NFL seasons, Landri has 158 tackles and 8.0 sacks in 63 games. Landri was a fifth-round pick out of Notre Dame by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2007.
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