Isaac Seumalo is not returning to the Eagles

Isaac Seumalo is leaving the Philadelphia Eagles to sign a three-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to news agency AFP. NFL insider Jordan Schultz.

The Steelers are hiring former Eagles vice president of player personnel Andy Weidl as their assistant GM.

Originally a third-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Seumalo had a nice career in Philly. He started a little slowly; he was benched due to struggles in early 2017. But he eventually regained the starting role and proved to be a very good starting point guard with the versatility to play multiple positions. Seumalo recorded 60 starts in 81 regular season games played.

Considering how high-quality forwards are typically in demand, it was a bit curious that Seumalo lasted this long on the market. Pro Football Focus rated him as the 10th best guard in the NFL last year. Perhaps teams were concerned with how the 29-year-old missed 21 combined games in two seasons before 2022.

The loss of Seumalo from the Eagles hardly comes as a surprise; it felt like he was being offered more than the team could realistically afford. He also became more expendable for Philly when Jason Kelce announced his return to center.

On that note, Cam Jurgens – the heir apparent at center – figures to start at right guard at forward. He lacks any kind of extensive game experience playing in that position. But the Eagles claimed they practiced that position in practice. And he played so well at center last preseason that there’s reason to be optimistic about his prospects. Still, there is some predictability involved.

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