The Eagles added another pass-rusher to their mix yesterday when they signed the Canadian Football League's 2010 sack leader, defensive end Phillip Hunt, to a three-year contract.
Hunt notched 16 sacks for Winnipeg last season, his second in the CFL after failing to make the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent out of Houston in 2009.
"This organization has a strong, winning tradition, and with a quarterback like Michael Vick and players like DeSean Jackson, just to name a few, it's a great organization to be a part of," Hunt told the Eagles' Web site. "This was a bit like coming out of college. I was a free agent and I had a chance to choose my own team that I wanted to go to. At this time, I was just focused on picking the correct team instead of just going out on a limb and picking any team. I did a little bit of research with this team and I know Andy Reid and Juan Castillo, they have a lot of great coaches here."
The Eagles hope Hunt, 6-0, 248, can duplicate the success of Cameron Wake, the former CFL star who made the Pro Bowl this past season for the Dolphins, playing as a 3-4 linebacker. Hunt apparently generated interest from several teams, especially the Vikings, who reportedly were ready to offer him a contract.
"The scheme fits me perfectly with my frame. There are guys here like Trent Cole and Brandon Graham, guys who are shorter in stature," Hunt said. "We create great leverage and we are also able to bend the corner at the curb and get to the quarterback really quickly. This fits my style of play very well and I look forward to contributing in a big way."
The Eagles also confirmed that tight end Clay Harbor, a fourth-round rookie last season, has undergone sports hernia surgery. He should be fine for training camp.