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Kyzir White Signs with Philadelphia

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The Philadelphia Eagles have signed former West Virginia linebacker Kyzir White to a one-year deal worth up to five million according to Ian Rapoport.

White is coming off the best season of his young career when he registered 144 combined tackles with the Los Angeles Chargers. That total was eighth in the NFL. He also forced two fumbles, had two interceptions, three pass deflections and a sack in addition to his 144 tackles. 

He also only allowed an 88.9 passer rating in coverage and Pro Football Focus had him graded as their 24th best linebacker last season. It was his first full season as a starter after the 2020 season ended prematurely due to injury.

Given the season that White is coming off of plus the fact that he is only 26, it is surprising that it took him this long to sign somewhere and for only one year. He does return home though as he grew up in Macgunie, Pennsylvania. A suburb of Allentown that is located only an hour outside of Philadelphia.

White spent four seasons with the Chargers after being drafted by them in the fourth round back in 2018. He was originally drafted as a safety, but was converted to the linebacker position in training camp of his rookie season. 

He was a starter on the weak side in the Chargers 2018 season opener, but was placed on IR due to a knee injury suffered in week three. Injuries would cause him to miss significant time in both 2019 and 2020 before he finally played a full season in 2021.

Prior to being drafted White was a JUCO recruit from Lackawanna College who played for West Virginia from 2016-2017. While at West Virginia he played safety and forced four fumbles, recorded four sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss, 152 tackles and three interceptions across 25 games.

He is the brother of former NFL player Ka’Raun White and current New Orleans Saints wide receiver Kevin White. All three played at West Virginia after transferring from Lackawanna College. 

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