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Ben VanSumeren officially signs deal with Philadelphia Eagles

VanSumeren is officially an Eagle.

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After latching on with the Eagles after the 2023 NFL Draft as a free agent, Ben VanSumeren officially signed a deal on Tuesday.

Ben VanSumeren is now a Philadelphia Eagle. If you told Michigan State fans before last season that this would happen, a lot of people probably wouldn’t have believed that statement. Even after the season, some fans did not even give him a chance to make it to the NFL but that’s exactly what he’s done.

After a great Michigan State Pro Day in which he showed off his athleticism, there were rumors going around that VanSumeren was actually going to get drafted. Once the draft came and went, he did not hear his name called. Some fans might have even been surprised because of how he tested and how much his workout was talked about.

While he did not get drafted, VanSumeren did get a call from the Eagles. They are taking a chance on him as he signed with them on Tuesday.

The details of the contract haven’t been released.

What type of player are the Eagles getting in VanSumeren?

The Eagles are getting an athletic linebacker on a defense that will be very good. The Eagles’ defense is full of athletes all over the field, mostly from Georgia. Making the Eagles will not be an easy task for VanSumeren. He still has to make the 53-man roster or he could be a practice squad player.

VanSumeren is one of those players that might not have excelled in college but if you give him a chance like the Eagles are, he could be a guy that contributes on a good defense. Ben is getting a chance to live out a dream. If he is able to make the roster and contribute with the Eagles, this is not only great for him but it is a great look for Michigan State.

The signing on Tuesday is just one step closer to VanSumeren being on an NFL roster. He still has to go through camp and prove that he deserves to be at the Eagles but if you are a defensive player, the Eagles are one team you want to go to because that defense and coaching staff are both very good.

VanSumeren will be able to learn and grow during his time in Philadelphia even if he doesn’t make the roster and if that is the case, at Michigan State fans should be rooting for him.

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