According to NBCS Philadelphia’s John Clark, former Eagles’ linebacker Nate Gerry has signed with the San Francisco 49ers. The details of the contract have yet to be released.
Birds fans certainly won’t be upset with this development. In 2020, Gerry (or “White Snake”) appeared in seven games for Philadelphia, totaling 57 tackles and one sack.
Gerry’s performance was, to put it mildly, extremely pitiful. The linebacker allowed an 84.4% competition percentage (27 for 32). That’s ranked for sixth-worst in the league.
Quarterbacks also had a 139.8 rating and four touchdowns when targeting Gerry.
Last year’s play wasn’t an outlier, however. Gerry exhibited a number of inconsistencies during his four seasons in Philadelphia, such as having a 15.2% missed tackle rating in 2019.
Linebacker Unit Still Needs Work
With Gerry gone, the current starters are Alex Singleton and T.J. Edwards. Both players have promise, especially Singleton (he had 120 tackles, 15th best in the league).
Still, this is a unit that has been severely overlooked year after year. Certainly, there’s room to add more talent here. After the Eagles moved back to 12th in the draft, there is now a new batch of potential picks. Certainly one of those could be heralded PSU linebacker Micah Parsons.
Even if the Eagles don’t opt to grab Parsons, they could still (and should) add a veteran through free agency.