Eagles-abandoned Eric Wilson finds a new home

Eric Wilson recently lost two games in the standings.

Wilson, released by the 3-5 Eagles on Wednesday, was claimed by the 1-7 Texans, who have lost seven straight games since defeating the Jaguars on opening day.

Wilson is actually the Eagles ’third leading taker with 43 stops, but he struggled all year and gradually lost playing time – 207 clicks the first four games, 74 the next three – and with the Eagles eager for a longer look at second – a year because of Davion Taylor, Wilson became usable.

Due to Football Focus ranked Wilson 75th out of 82 qualifying dual-line defenders.

It also didn’t help that Wilson wasn’t a huge contributor on special teams. He’s played just 30 clicks in seven games on special teams, and a backup linebacker who doesn’t play special teams is a luxury most teams can’t afford. It came down to Wilson or Shaun Bradley, the sophomore professional from Rancocas Valley and Temple, and Bradley established himself as one of the team’s best special teams.

Wilson spent his first four seasons with the Vikings and had three INTs and three sacks last year in his first year as a full-time starter, but he never showed such game-making ability, despite being reunited with Jonathan Gannon, who was on Mike. Zimmer’s Vikings staff in 2017, Wilson’s rookie year.

With the Texans, Wilson joins a two-line defender troupe that includes Christian Kirksey and Kamu Grugier-Hill, who were a backup on the Eagles ’2017 Super Bowl team.

Texans head coach David Culley was Andy Reid’s wide receiver coach with the Eagles from 1999 through 2012.

As Dave Zangaro outlined Wednesday, Wilson is the newest of a long line of veteran free defenders who have bombed with the Eagles.

The Texans are responsible for the remainder of Wilson’s $ 1.035 million base salary from the one-year contract he signed in April, which amounts to $ 575,000.

Wilson estimates $ 1.378 billion in dead money against the Eagles ’2021 cap according to SpoTrac.

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