As free agency officially opened on Wednesday, the Eagles announced that they've agreed to terms on a three-year deal with linebacker Haason Reddick. Here's what you need to know about the newest Eagle who has plenty of ties to the Philadelphia region.
1. A native of Camden, New Jersey, the 27-year-old Reddick played high school football at Haddon Heights High School. Due to injuries, he only played four games in his junior and senior seasons, so he didn't have a scholarship offer.
2. Reddick walked on at Temple where his mother, Raelakia, took out a loan to purchase a meal plan that allowed him to eat with his teammates in college. By his senior year, Reddick earned a single-digit jersey number which is given to the toughest players on the team. He finished second in the conference with 9.5 sacks and led the nation with 21.5 tackles for loss in 2016. Where does Temple play its home games? Lincoln Financial Field.
3. Reddick went from a walk-on at Temple to the 13th overall pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2017. And where was the draft held that year? In Philadelphia.
4. The Cardinals drafted the 6-foot-1, 235-pound Reddick and used him as an off-ball linebacker his first three seasons. According to Pro Football Focus, the Cardinals used Reddick as a pass rusher on only 23 percent of his snaps in his first three seasons. He had 7.5 sacks and 18 tackles for loss. In his breakout year of 2020, Reddick rushed the passer 43.4 percent of the time and posted 12.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss. He generated 50 quarterback pressures. Reddick earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors after notching a franchise-record five sacks and three forced fumbles against the Giants.
Reddick signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers to reunite with his coaches from Temple and amassed another 11 sacks, 18 quarterback hits, and 43 quarterback pressures. Since 2020, Reddick is fifth in the NFL with 23.5 sacks and is tied for fourth with 27 tackles for loss.
5. Reddick received the key to the city of Camden for his charitable efforts. He donated $15,000 worth of toys to more than 200 families in Camden last December. He's hosted youth football camps over the years. During the annual My Cause My Cleats league initiative, he honors his grandmother who is a breast cancer survivor.