Free agent offensive guard Daryn Colledge, who has 124 career starts, is slated to visit the Eagles this week, according to an NFL source.
Colledge, 32, started all 48 games at left guard over the past three seasons for Arizona. He’s played in all 128 regular-season games of his eight-year career, which started in Green Bay.
The Eagles are stable at guard, with Pro Bowler Evan Mathis on the left side and veteran Todd Herremans at right guard, but they’re not overly deep. Their top reserves are veteran Allen Barbre, who played just a few snaps last year and Matt Tobin, a 2013 rookie free agent who didn’t play any snaps. Barbre and Tobin are both swing linemen who can play either guard or tackle.
All five of the Eagles’ starting lineman started all 16 games last year, but Mathis, Herremans and left tackle Jason Peters are each over 30. The Eagles didn’t draft an offensive lineman last week, mainly because of a third-round run that narrowed the pool.
At that point, Howie Roseman said he didn’t want to reach just to draft one (see story). The team signed four rookie free-agent offensive linemen.
The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Colledge was drafted by the Packers in the second round of the 2006 draft. He started 76 games in five seasons with Green Bay, along with seven playoff games. He played for the 2010 Packers team that rushed for 138 yards against the Eagles in a first-round playoff win at the Linc and went on to win the Super Bowl.
Before the 2012 season he signed a four-year, $27.5 million deal with the Cardinals, with $3.1 million guaranteed. He made $5 million last year and was slated to make $5 million again this season and in 2015.