In the past week or so Chip Kelly has certainly made some interesting moves as general manager and coach. Yesterday, the Eagles signed former Seahawk Byron Maxwell to a six year $63 million dollar deal with $25 million guaranteed. They decided to add to their secondary today with the expected signing of former Giants defensive back Walter Thurmond.
The original chapter of the Legion of Boom (LOB) still resides in Seattle where Sherman, Thomas, and Chancellor remain. Former Eagles corner Cary Williams just joined the chapter in the Northwest, meanwhile an original member is now in Philly. Thurmond was part of that free agent crop of corners last season that decided to take one year deals knowing that the salary cap would go up and they’d be able to make more money in this year’s market.
Unfortunately for Thurmond, he played just two games last season in New York before suffering a pectoral injury that cost him to miss the rest of the year. Two seasons ago, Thurmond was probably the least well known member of the “LOB” in Seattle. He was the guy who always did his job but never really made enough noise to draw attention to himself. If, he’s able to stay healthy the Eagles figure they just acquired one of the better nickel corners in the entire league.
Of course, they already have Brandon Boykin so it will be interesting to see how that works. It’s a great problem to have, having several good slot corners. Although, Thurmond has shown the ability to play on the boundary as well. Theoretically, the Eagles can trot out both members of the”LOB” as boundary corners and leave Boykin and Watkins in the slot. The only issue with this signing, like several of the other Philadelphia acquisitions, is the health risk. Thurmond was hurt back at Oregon when Kelly took over, he was also hurt last season as mentioned above. If he can stay on the field, it’s not a bad signing at all for Philly.
What do you think, have the Eagles started their own chapter of the “LOB” in Philly?