A former notable Philadelphia Eagles starter is joining the Buffalo Bills for their potential playoff run.
As noted by Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News, the Bills are signing defensive tackle Linval Joseph. Joseph is a former two-time Pro Bowler and also signed with the Eagles during the month of November last year for their Super Bowl run.
“Obviously, the Bills decided they needed more supplementing,” writes Gaughan. “The team on Thursday signed 6-foot-4, 328-pound free-agent Linval Joseph, a veteran of 179 games over 13 NFL seasons.”
As reported by Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the deal can be worth up to $3.72 million this season.
“For newly signed #Bills DT Linval Joseph, it’s a one-year deal worth up to $3.72 million, source says,” writes Garafolo.
Linval Joseph Started During Eagles’ Super Bowl Run Last Year
The 35-year-old started all eight of his regular season appearances along with three of his postseason appearances with the Eagles last season.
The veteran defensive tackle said that going to the Super Bowl for a second consecutive season is the goal.
“That’s the goal,” Joseph said after practice on Thursday, November 2 with the Bills. “That’s the dream. So let’s get it done.”
Joseph explained why he decided to sign with the Bills for the remainder of the 2023 season.
“First of all, this team is special,” he said. “The locker room is special, the guys are special. I know I’m new here, but I feel like I’ve been here this whole season, just off of the meeting, just being here the last 24 hours. … I know a lot of guys on the team, coaches and players. It’s nice to reconnect. I got here this morning, eating my breakfast, we’re all sitting together. I love that.”
Joseph racked up 20 tackles while playing 38% of the defensive snaps last season. According to Pro Football Focus, 13-year veteran posted a 58.9 defensive grade and 59.9 run defensive grade last season.
“He’s a veteran, experienced player that’s from the reports we’ve gotten a high-character leader,” Bills head coach Sean McDermott said of Joseph’s signing, via Gaughan. “He’s played a lot of football and is certainly a big man. The line of scrimmage is important.”
Over the course of his career, Joseph has started 170 of his 179 appearances to go along with 664 tackles, 25.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. His two Pro Bowl berths came during his stint with the Minnesota Vikings (2016 and 2017) and he also won a Super Bowl with the New York Giants at the conclusion of the 2011 season. Joseph also spent two seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers.