Eagles Sign Niners Nose Tackle Isaac SopoagaBREAKING NEWS, Defensive Line, Eagles, News Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
Everybody knows the Eagles were going to sign a defensive linemen or two during free agency after they sent veterans Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson on their way. Today they signed veteran San Francisco 49ers nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga.
He’s not a spring chicken at 31 years of age, but he is a space-eater standing 6’2″ and weighing 320 pounds. Sopoaga will be asked to take on double-teams and sacrifice himself in order to keep the linebackers free. He’ll be on the field for first down and second down of each series.
There’s no way that Patterson at his size would have been able to take on the double teams that Sopoaga will see. He won’t be asked to make plays himself, but his job will be to keep blockers off DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks, so that they can run from sideline to sideline and make plays.
In his nine years in San Fran, Sopoaga recorded 447 tackles and 7.5 sacks in 125 career games (80 starts). Originally a fourth-round pick of the 49ers in 2004, Sopoaga (6-2, 330) has experience at both defensive tackle and nose tackle.
The 31-year old is a native of American Samoa. He played collegiately at Hawaii after graduating from Samoana High School in Pago Pago. In 2012, Sopoaga played in 15 games (10 starts) and amassed 55 tackles and one sack. He also had eight tackles and one sack in the postseason, en route to a trip to the Super Bowl.
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