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Prior to last season, the Eagles signed Derek Landri to a one-year contract and he responded with a stellar year. In limited snaps, Landri rated as the fourth-best overall defensive tackle in the game, according to Pro Football Focus, and he’s valuable both as a run-stuffer and pass-rusher.
Landri received just a one-year deal, though, for 2012, and that has him fighting for a roster spot given the depth that the Eagles have on the line, particularly the interior line. Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson will enter the season as the starters, with this past year’s first-round pick, Fletcher Cox, filling in as a valuable player in the rotation.
That leaves Landri and Antonio Dixon likely fighting for the final defensive tackle spot.
Considering the Eagles will definitely have Trent Cole, Jason Babin, Vinny Curry and Brandon Graham as their ends, that’s already a lot of spots on the defensive line. Phillip Hunt will likely make the team and Darryl Tapp could as well. That doesn’t bode well for Landri, who didn’t get near the contract he deserved this past offseason.