Canadian DB Sydney Brown inks rookie contract with Philadelphia Eagles worth $5.7 million

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The Philadelphia Eagles have signed Canadian safety Sydney Brown to his rookie contract.

The four-year deal is projected to be worth $5,744,439, according to Spotrac. His estimated signing bonus is $1,177,774.

Brown was selected by the Eagles with the 66th overall pick in the third round of the 2023 NFL Draft.

The University of Illinois product had a career year after taking advantage of his extra year of COVID eligibility in 2022, recording 59 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble, 13 pass breakups, six interceptions and two defensive touchdowns. He was named first-team All-Big Ten by the conference’s coaches and earned a second-team All-American selection from USA Today, before receiving an invite to the prestigious Reese’s Senior Bowl.

A five-year starter for the Fighting Illini at strong safety, Brown played 51 career games and amassed 319 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss, two sacks, four forced fumbles, 26 pass breakups, 10 interceptions and three defensive touchdowns. He was a three-time All-Big Ten honoree in college.

The five-foot-10, 211-pound defender blew up the 2023 NFL Combine, blazing an official 4.47-second forty-yard dash with a 1.51-second ten-yard split — the fourth fastest run by a safety this year. Brown posted a 10-foot, 10-inch broad jump and 40.5-inch vertical, good enough for second and third in the position group respectively. He also recorded 23 reps on the bench.

Sydney is the identical twin brother of Illinois running back Chase Brown, who was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round.