Though teams passed on selecting Wisconsin Badgers linebacker T.J. Edwards during the 2019 NFL Draft, it appears he has found a home.
Wisconsin’s social media accounts announced on Saturday night that Edwards found an organization to play for, congratulating him “on signing with” the Philadelphia Eagles.
Based on the wording, one infer that this is an undrafted free agent (UDFA) deal, though that is still not publicly confirmed. The Eagles have not yet officially released its list of UDFA signees as well.
Edwards played in 53 games during his UW career, starting 52 of those contests. He only trails Michael Deiter in games started by a Badger in his respective career.
Look at Edwards’ career numbers, and he certainly left an impact in his time in Madison. He finished ninth all-time with 367 tackles, and his 10 interceptions is the most by a Wisconsin linebacker. Along with 37.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks, he led the team in tackles in 2015, 2016 and 2018.
Last season as a team captain, Edwards led UW in tackles (113), tackles for loss (11.5) and interceptions (3).
In 2017, Edwards tallied 75 tackles, 11 for loss, for a defensive unit that ranked in the top 3 in the nation in four different categories: pass efficiency defense (No. 1, 96.4 rating), total defense (No. 2, 262.1 yards per contest), scoring and rushing defense (both No. 3 at 13.9 points and 98.4 yards per contest, respectively).
After his Wisconsin career, Edwards participated in the 2019 NFL Combine as well as Wisconsin’s pro day.
Edwards joins former Badgers running back Corey Clement, who himself went undrafted after the 2017 NFL Draft. However, Clement made the Eagles’ Super Bowl-winning roster on way to becoming a productive member of the offense.