Vanderbilt safety signs free agent deal with Philadelphia

Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 9:50pm

Vanderbilt safety Reshard Langford signed a free agent deal with the Philadelphia Eagles shortly after the draft.

The Eagles used six of their eight draft picks on offensive players. The first defensive player they drafted, Victor Harris, is a cornerback from Virginia Tech who could be a free safety in the NFL, according to at least one scouting report.

Langford is a strong safety. He expects to travel to Philadelphia on Thursday for orientation and minicamp this weekend.

He started the final 48 games of his college career, which was the longest active streak in the SEC last season.

“Reshard will make a huge impression on the Philadelphia coaches with his talent, effort and desire to help anyway he can,” VU coach Bobby Johnson said. “He was tremendous here, both on and off the field. Reshard Langford is one of those guys you build winning teams around.”

Wide receivers Sean Walker and George Smith, quarterback Chris Nickson and kicker Bryant Hahnfeldt all said they were in contact with teams and hoped to have deals on Monday. Hahnfeldt said he was close to a contract with Jacksonville before that team went with a different player at that position.