Report: Eagles sign Steelers nose tackle Javon Hargrave, but miss out on top cornerback


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Martin Frank


The Eagles made their first splash in free agency Monday night, but it wasn't for a much-needed cornerback or wide receiver.


Instead, the Eagles are reportedly signing nose tackle Javon Hargrave, giving the former Pittsburgh Steeler a three-year deal worth as much as $39 million with $26 million guaranteed.


ESPN.com reported the signing, which makes Hargrave the highest-paid nose tackle in the NFL.


The Eagles seemed to be fortified at defensive tackle with perennial Pro Bowl selection Fletcher Cox plus Malik Jackson coming back after missing all but the opener with a Lisfranc tear in his foot.


Jackson was the Eagles' big free agent signee last year, agreeing to a three-year deal worth $30 million. But Jackson can also play defensive end. The Eagles also re-signed Hassan Ridgeway, another defensive tackle, to a one-year deal.


As for Hargrave, he had 10.5 sacks combined the last two seasons. He has missed just one game since entering the NFL in 2016 as the Steelers' third-round pick out of South Carolina State.


But fans hoping for a cornerback or wide receiver might come away disappointed. Earlier on Monday, the Eagles lost out on top cornerback Byron Jones, who will reportedly sign a five-year $82 million contract with the Miami Dolphins.


And DeAndre Hopkins, one of the top wide receivers in the NFL, was reportedly traded to Arizona.


In addition, offensive lineman Halapoulivaati Vaitai is leaving to sign with the Detroit Lions, and linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill announced on Instagram that he's not coming back.


The Eagles came into free agency about $40 million under the NFL salary cap. They still have money to spend, and they can always work out a trade for a top cornerback like Detroit's Darius Slay.


For now, though, they strengthened their defensive line.


Contact Martin Frank at mfrank@delawareonline. Follow on Twitter @Mfranknf

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