The first domino of WVUPros in NFL free-agency fell today as the Eagles announced that they have re-signed Najee Goode to a one-year deal.
Originally a fifth-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012, Goode was claimed off of waivers by the Eagles in September 2013. During his first season in Philadelphia, the West Virginia product proved to be a reliable role player on defense, stepping in for an injured Mychal Kendricks in wins over Green Bay and Washington, while also standing out on special teams, recovering a botched snap on a punt for a touchdown against the New York Giants in Week 8.
After a pectoral injury suffered in the 2014 opener against Jacksonville put him on Injured Reserve for the rest of the season, Goode returned to form in 2015. Though he was initially waived by the team on September 5, he returned to the Eagles later in the month on a one-year contract. His signature play of the season once again came on special teams, when he recovered a blocked punt against the New England Patriots and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown in the 35-28 upset victory.
With a new contract, Goode will continue to add depth to the Eagles’ linebackers group, though it’s unclear as to exactly where he will fit in defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz’s scheme. He played inside linebacker in Bill Davis’ 3-4 front, though his versatility could perhaps make him an option at all three linebacker positions in 2016.