The Eagles signed strongside linebacker Rashad Jeanty to a one-year contract, the team announced.
Jeanty, 27, played in 53 games (32 starts) as an outside linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2006-09, recording 215 tackles. In 2008, Jeanty posted a career-high 97 tackles as he started 15 regular season games and earned the team’s Ed Block Courage Award from his teammates.
Jeanty (6-2, 243) led the Bengals with 14 special teams tackles in 2009 but suffered a fractured fibula on the opening kickoff of an AFC Wild Card game vs. the New York Jets. That injury forced him to miss the entire 2010 season.
Jeanty had similar financial offers from the Dolphins and Jets, according to the Miami Herald, but chose the Eagles because he thought the Eagles were a better fit and offered him a better chance to start.
His signing means the Eagles have four linebackers under contract for next season, along with Jamar Chaney, Moise Fokou and Keenan Clayton. Depending on the terms of the CBA that are eventually agreed to, Stewart Bradley, Omar Gaither, Akeem Jordan and Ernie Sims are all scheduled to be free agents.
From 2003-05, Jeanty played for Edmonton in the Canadian Football League as a defensive end. He posted 49 tackles and five sacks for the Eskimos in 2004.
A product of Carol City High School in Miami, Jeanty starred at Central Florida, with 9.5 sacks and 137 tackles in 22 games. He was a college teammate of Eagles CB Asante Samuel.
In other news, Dan Pompei, of the National Football Post, reports that the Eagles are looking for a first-round pick and something else, possible a third-rounder. Of course, any trade speculation is just that without a CBA.
Writes Pompei, "The Eagles are known to be tough trade negotiators, so no one expects them to come too far off their asking price. That price is a lot to ask for a player with a limited body of work, and a potential lockout has the brakes on all trades. So it’s starting to look as if it’s a possibility that Kolb might be back in Philly next year."
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