By Michael Donovan

The Eagles have re-signed linebacker Nigel Bradham to a five-year contract worth $40 million, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Bradham signed a two-year, $7 million deal with the Eagles during the 2016 offseason and proved to be a steal, averaging 90 tackles per season. He posted 88 tackles  with a sack and eight passes defended in 2017 for the Super Bowl champions.

Bradham assumed the role of calling the defense after middle linebacker Jordan Hicks was lost to an Achilles injury in October. Bradham, 28, developed into a leader and was arguably the most underrated member of a championship defense, playing with an edge that helped forge the Eagles’ identity.