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Terrell Edmunds Drawn to Philadelphia by ‘Dawg Mentality’



Terrell Edmunds

Terrell Edmunds explained how he ended up in the City of Brotherly Love during his introductory press conference with the Eagles, and it quite simply had to with the culture and vibe in Philly. Edmunds inked a one-year deal with the Eagles on Friday, a day after announcing his departure from Pittsburgh.

“I had five great seasons with the Steelers,” Edmunds said. “Met some great teammates, great coaches, great culture over there. But when I came over and spoke to their coaching staff and I talked to some of the guys on the Philly team, it just really brought me into it. And now I’m bought in and I’m ready to work. I’m ready to come here and just give everything I got.”

Edmunds said he fell in love with the culture and the “dawg mentality” when he visited Philadelphia. The Eagles crushed the Steelers, 35-13, last season at Lincoln Financial Field. So Edmunds had a front row seat to the plethora of talent that Philadelphia possesses. The Eagles finished the regular season 13-3 and fell short in the Super Bowl to the Kansas City Chiefs. Philadelphia lost some key pieces in free agency, but they’re certainly a Super Bowl favorite in 2023, which I’m sure played a part in Edmunds’ decision. 

The financial terms of Edmunds’ one-year deal have not been released yet, but he said free agency was similar to last year, in regards to offers he got from teams and presumingly the Steelers. Edmunds re-signed with the Steelers in 2022 on a one-year, $2.5 million deal. Edmunds will replace Chauncey Gardner-Johnson at strong safety in the Eagles secondary. Gardner-Johnson signed a one-year, $8 million deal with the Detroit Lions in free agency.

“It always makes a safeties job easy when you have two lock down corners,” Edmunds said on playing with Darius Slay and James Bradberry.

Edmunds, the Steelers’ first-round pick in 2018, started 75 games over the last five seasons in Pittsburgh and finishes his Steelers career with 410 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, nine quarterback hits, two sacks, five interceptions and five passes defended.

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