Eagles confirm 9 undrafted free agents
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Eagles confirm 9 undrafted free agents
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UPDATE, 10:30 a.m.
The Eagles have confirmed the signing of eight undrafted rookie free agents, with more to come. That group is WR Perry Baker, WR DeAndre Brown, RB Graig Cooper, P Chas Henry, QB Jerrod Johnson, DE Ced Thornton, WR Terrance Turner, TE Martell Webb and LB Brandon Peguese.
Five of the nine are listed below. Here is some quick info on the others:
* Baker, from Fairmont State in West Virginia, is 6-2 and a rail-thin, 167, according to his bio. He finished his career with 90 catches for 1,552 yards and 19 touchdowns, and also added 367 yards and three touchdowns rushing. He has been clocked at under 4.4 in the 40 and earned an invite to the East-West Shrine Game.
* Henry won the Ray Guy Award as the nation's best punter while at Florida. He punted 40 times for 1,892 yards (47.3 average) and 14 of his 34 punts (41.2 percent) went for 50 yards or more.
* Johnson is the career leader in passing and total offense at Texas A&M. After going undrafted in April, he was chosen first in the UFL draft. His college completion parcentage was .586 and he threw for 8,011 yards with 67 TDs and 27 interceptions.
* Peguese, from Hampton, transferred from South Florida to Hampton following his freshman season and went on to register 179 tackles and 18 sacks in three seasons.
UPDATE, 9 a.m.
As we wait for the official opening of the NovaCare Complex, we will pass along reports of two more undrafted free agents linked to the Eagles. Again, nothing can happen here until 10 a.m., but players were allowed to start talking to teams as of 6 p.m. last night, despite some initial confusion.
The latest names added are Southern Miss wide receiver DeAndre Brown and Iowa wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos.
DJK, as he is known, is an interesting story. He is the all-time leading receiver in school history with 173 receptions for 2,616 yards. He probably would have been a mid-round pick in the draft, but was arrested on multiple drug charges last December. He was suspended for the team's bowl game.
The charges included marijuana, cocaine and perscription drugs. He eventually pled guilty to marijuana possession and the other charges were dropped. He was sentenced to a year of probation and fined.
Brown was reportedly a target of several teams, including New Orleans. He is big at nearly 6-6 and 240 pounds. He missed seven games last season, as a junior, with a leg injury, and then opted to enter the draft and forgo his senior year.
He finished second on the Southern Miss career charts in TD receptions (24), third in receiving yards (2,207) and fifth in catches (134) in basically 2 1/2 seasons.
According to various reports, the Eagles have agreed to terms with at least four undrafted free agents.
Players cannot sign until 10 a.m. Tuesday. Initially teams were not allowed to talk to player Monday, but a decision was reached to allow contact beginning at 6 p.m.
As of tonight, the Eagles had only 61 players under contract, more than many teams but far below the new 90-man preseason roster limit.
Here is a brief rundown on the reported Eagles' signees:
* Graig Cooper, RB, Miami: Cooper wasa potent runner who probably would have been drafted were it not for a torn ACL in December 2009. He returned last season but rushed for 165 yards after leading the Hurricanes for his first three seasons.
* Cedric Thornton, DL, Southern Arkansas: Weight 309 pounds and stands 6-3. As a junior, he had 8.5 sacks and led the Division II school with 80 tackles. As a senior, he was third on the team with 52 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
* Terrance Turner, WR, Indiana: Stands 6-3. Had 67 catches for 681 yards with three touchdowns.
* Martell Webb, TE, Michigan: Has size at 6-4, 268, but finished his college career with a total of nine passes for 111 yards.
Teams cannot release players until Thursday, but a number of former Eagles are finding out their dates.
The Denver Broncos will release running back Correll Buckhalter, a league source told the Denver Post.
The 32-year-old Buckhalter, who has had an injury plagued career, was set to make $1.92 million for the 2011 season. The Broncos have several younger options at the position and are expected to add via free agency.
The Seattle Seahawks will release offensive lineman Stacy Andrews, the Seattle Times is reporting. He started 12 games for the Seahawks after being acquired at the end of training camp in a trade with the Eagles.
Coming off knee surgery, Andrews signed a hefty free agent contract and was a disappointment in his only season with the Birds.
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