After signing Sopoaga to a three-year deal last offseason that included a $2.75 million signing bonus, the Eagles unloaded him after just eight games. The idea was to clear a path for younger players, like 2013 third-round pick Bennie Logan, while at the same time relieving themselves of future salary commitments (Sopoaga gets a guaranteed $1 million for 2014, paid by the Patriots).
The Patriots had a run of injuries at defensive tackle and hoped that Sopoaga might fill the void, but it was soon determined by New England coaches that he wasn’t an ideal fit in their system. He was inactive for the final four games the Patriots played last season.
As we remember, the trade compensation the Eagles received in the deal was a 2014 fifth-round draft choice, with the Eagles shipping Sopoaga and a 2014 sixth-round draft choice to New England.