The Eagles sought to upgrade their special teams Tuesday by agreeing to terms with S Chris Maragos and LB Bryan Braman.

Maragos, formerly with Seattle, got a three-year deal reportedly worth $4 million, with $1 million guaranteed. Braman, a former teammates of Eagles LB Connor Barwin and TE James Casey in Houston, inked a two-year contract reportedly worth $3.15 million with $1 million guaranteed.

Both players will compete for backup jobs on defense, but are considered among the league's top special teams players. Braman was a Pro Bowl alternate the past two seasons.

The Eagles should also benefit on special teams with the return of LB Jason Phillips. Phillips signed as a free agent last season, but missed the entire year after suffering a torn ACL in training camp.

The additions of Maragos and Braman likely means free agent S Colt Anderson would be re-signed. S Kurt Coleman is also expected to sign elsewhere.

The Eagles have not yet made a decision with S Nate Allen, who is also an unrestricted free agent. It would make sense to bring him back and pair him with Malcolm Jenkins, who signed with the Eagles Monday. That would allow second-year safety Earl Wolff more time to get comfortable with the system.


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