The Philadelphia Eagles‘ biggest free agent is moving on to a familiar rival.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, defensive tackle Javon Hargrave is signing a four-year, $84 million deal ($21 million annually) with the San Francisco 49ers. The deal includes $40 million guaranteed at signing.
“Former Eagles’ DT Javon Hargrave has reached agreement on a four-year, $84 million deal that includes $40m guaranteed at signing with the SF 49ers, per sources,” says Schefter. “Deal negotiated and confirmed by Drew Rosenhaus and Ryan Matha.”
Javon Hargrave Becomes Third-Highest Paid Defensive Tackle
Hargrave’s deal makes him the third-highest paid defensive tackle in the league on an annual basis, behind the Los Angeles Rams’ Aaron Donald ($31.7 million annually) and the Washington Commanders’ Daron Payne ($22.5 million annually).
The 30-year-old’s departure isn’t exactly surprising given the fact that he was considered one of the top free agents on the market. Prior to the start of free agency, The Athletic ranked Hargrave as the second-best free agent available, only behind the Baltimore Ravens’ Lamar Jackson.
The former Pro Bowler’s deal also exceeds what his expected market value was. According to Spotrac, Hargrave’s projected market value was $20.1 million per year. He’ll earn slightly more than that on his newest deal with the Niners.
The Hargrave signing hurts the Eagles even more considering the Niners are arguably their biggest threat in the NFC. In fact, Philadelphia is coming off of an NFC Championship win over San Francisco. In other words, Hargrave is literally jumping sides to the enemy.
Hargrave’s departure also means a second key member of the defensive unit from last season is jumping ship. Linebacker T.J. Edwards — who led the Eagles in tackles last season — is signing with the Chicago Bears.
The 2021 Pro Bowl selection posted a career-high 11 sacks, 37 solo tackles and 10 tackles for loss last season. According to Pro Football Focus, Hargrave posted a 78.2 defensive grade and 90.8 pass-rushing grade last season. Among all players at his position, the 30-year-old veteran ranked 13th in defensive grade and third in pass-rushing grade.
To demonstrate how dominant Hargrave was last season, his 17.2% pass rush win rate ranked third in the NFL last season, according to ESPN.
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