The Philadelphia Eagles today announced they agreed to terms with NT Isaac Sopoaga to a three-year deal reportedly worth close to $12 million ($5 million guaranteed). The Eagles switching to a 3-4 defense under new head coach Chip Kelly were in dire need of a strong nose tackle to anchor the defensive line. The eight-year veteran has registered 217 tackles and 7.5 sacks during his career and played in both a 4-3 and 3-4 scheme during his tenure with the San Francisco 49ers.
Sopoaga more commonly known as “Soap,” became dispensable once the 49ers signed NT Ian Williams to a brand new contract. Soap played his entire career with the 49ers, after being drafted in the fourth-round (104th) of the 2004 NFL Draft. Soap will provide the Eagles with a starting nose tackle while bringing a tenacious attitude along the defensive line.
Soap was a serviceable defensive lineman during his tenure with the team, but never had the impact of a NT Haloti Ngata (Baltimore Ravens) that the team had hoped for. The 49ers felt it was time to move on and apparently so did Sopoaga.
With Sopoaga leaving for Philadelphia, it marks the 49ers second free-agent to depart, the first being TE Delanie Walker who signed a four-year contract with the Tennessee Titans.