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Philadelphia Eagles LB Kyzir White set to reunite with coaches on Arizona Cardinals

Super Bowl 57 wasn’t the only thing the Philadelphia Eagles lost. They’ve also lost their top two coordinators to NFL head coaching jobs, a handful of other assistants, and now they’re losing multiple players to free agency.

One of the latest departures is linebacker Kyzir White, who on Tuesday agreed to a two-year deal worth a maximum of $11 million to join the Cardinals, per TheScore’s Jordan Schultz. The signing won’t become official until Wednesday, which signifies the start of the NFL’s new league year.

In Arizona, White reunites with Cardinals head coach Jonathan Gannon, the Eagles’ former defensive coordinator, and defensive coordinator Nick Rallis, the Eagles’ former linebackers coach.

White, who turns 27 next Friday, played a key role in the Eagles’ run to the Super Bowl this past season, ranking second on the team with 110 tackles from the starting weakside linebacker position. He added seven passes defensed, three tackles for loss and 1½ sacks in his lone season with Philadelphia.

The 6-foot-2, 234-pound White joins a linebacker unit in Arizona that includes Zaven Collins and Isaiah Simmons. White projects as a starting inside linebacker who will play alongside Collins while the Cardinals decides exactly how to employ Simmons, who can play multiple spots.

Shortly after the news broke regarding White, the Cardinals officially announced they have re-signed right tackle Kelvin Beachum and kicker Matt Prater to two-year contracts and re-signed backup running back Corey Clement on a one-year deal. News of Beachum’s return was first reported on Monday.

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By retaining Beachum, the Cardinals now have a solid plan moving forward at both starting tackle positions. Left tackle D.J. Humphries has three more years left on his contract.

Prater, 38, had said toward the end of last season he would strongly consider a return to the Cardinals under the right situation. Retaining special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers obviously factored into the decision, as did a two-year offer.

A former fourth-round pick out of West Virginia by the Chargers in 2018, White signed a one-year deal with Philadelphia last year after spending his first four NFL seasons with the Chargers. He had a career-high 144 tackles for them in 2021, including two interceptions.

Kyzir White is reportedly signing with the Arizona Cardinals.
Kyzir White is reportedly signing with the Arizona Cardinals.

In 64 career games overall, he has totaled 388 tackles, 16 for loss, with 17 passes defensed and four interceptions. His older brother Kevin, a wide receiver, was a former first-round pick by the Bears and nearly caught on with the Cardinals during an offseason tryout in 2019.

Kyzir White became the fifth Eagles player in two days to reportedly agree to terms with another club, joining fellow linebacker T.J. Edwards (Bears) defensive tackle Javon Hargrave (49ers), safety Marcus Epps (Raiders) and offensive tackle Andre Dillard (Titans).

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Other prominent Eagles players who could be on the move include safety Chauncey Gardner Johnson, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and running back Miles Sanders.

Prater will be entering his 18th season and ranks 21st on the NFL’s all-time scoring list (1,674 points) and third among active players behind Robbie Gould (1,961) and Mason Crosby (1,918).

Prater holds NFL records for most made field goals of 50 yards or longer (71), field goal percentage on kicks of 50 yards or longer (74.7), consecutive made field goals from 50 or more yards (14) and holds the record for longest field goals made with Denver (64), Arizona (62) and Detroit (59).

Clement is a six-year pro who has appeared in 72 games with the Cardinals, Cowboys and Eagles. He has 855 career rushing yards and eight touchdowns on 211 carries and 48 receptions for 423 yards and three touchdowns. He projects as Arizona’s No.3 running back behind James Conner and second-year pro Keaontay Ingram.

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Arizona Cardinals adding Philadelphia Eagles LB Kyzir White