The NFC champion Eagles agreed to sign former Bears linebacker Nicholas Morrow to a one-year deal on Tuesday.
Morrow started all 17 games in his lone season with the Bears, recording 116 tackles. He played middle linebacker before the Bears traded Roquan Smith and outside linebacker afterward.
The Bears signed free agents at both positions at the first day of free agency: the Eagles’ T.J. Edwards and the Bills’ Tremaine Edmunds.
Later Tuesday, the Browns signed Matthew Adams, another former Bears linebacker. He started three games and appeared in 10 more for the Bears last season after following head coach Matt Eberflus from the Colts. He played a whopping 83 percent of the Bears’ special teams downs when he was healthy.
An undrafted free agent out of Greenville, Morrow spent his first five seasons with the Raiders before signing a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Bears. He became one of the team’s defensive leaders, particularly after the trades of Smith and Robert Quinn. He was named an honorary captain in December, with head coach Matt Eberflus saying he’d done a “nice job” despite the ”position change and all that during the middle of the year.”
Morrow has a chance to take Edwards’ place in Philadelphia.