April 6, 2012, 1:15 pm
Free agent defensive tackle Derek Landri, who had a solid season for the Eagles in 2011, is talking to the Tampa Bay Bucs, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Landri had 43 tackles in 12 games to go along with two sacks and led the team with eight tackles for loss.
Landri, who was cut in early September, re-signed with the Eagles in early October after Antonio Dixon went down for the season.
Going by ProFootballFocus' grading system, Landri was one of the Eagles' top defensive players in 2011 (see story).
Landri played just 355 of the Eagles’ 1,058 defensive snaps, but still generated a PFF grade of plus-22.0. Landri’s grade was not only fourth-best among the league’s 87 qualifying defensive tackles, but it was the best mark for a defensive player at any position in fewer than 400 snaps.
Also, defensive tackle Trevor Laws worked out for the Rams on Thursday, according to the St. Louis Post dispatch.
Laws was a second-rounder out of Notre Dame in 2008 but started just twice in 56 regular season games.
Laws saw a spike in his production this season under Jim Washburn's defensive line rotation. Laws recorded a career-high 40 tackles and 16 quarterback hurries.
Without Landri and Laws the Eagles still bring back tackles Cullen Jenkins, Mike Patterson, Cedric Thornton and Antonio Dixon.
It is also possible the Eagles use one of their draft picks to bring in a DT. They even brought in Memphis' Dontari Poe on Thursday (see story).
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