The Eagles came to terms Tuesday with an offensive tackle named Michael Bamiro, a rookie free agent whose most impressive asset is his size -- 6-8, 335.
Bamiro started college at Pitt, then tranferred to Stony Brook, where he redshirted in 2009, then made 33 successive starts at right tackle.
Bamiro, 22, thought he had another year of college eligibility but was denied it because of the 2008 year at Pitt, though he did not play football there. Instead of putting him in last week's supplemental draft, the NFL declared him an immediate free agent, making him free to sign with any team. (The NFL noted he had been eligible for the regular April draft this year, though Bamiro didn't know that at the time, and apparently, NFL teams didn't know, either.) A FOX Sports report said several teams were interested, and that the three-year contract Bamiro is expected to sign Wednesday includes some guaranteed salary over the first two seasons -- a rarity for an undrafted free agent.
Former Eagles Pro Bowl left tackle Tra Thomas worked with Bamiro at Thomas's 7 Deuce Sports gym in Cherry Hill.
"I think he's a solid athlete, someone that kind of fell through the cracks," Thomas said Tuesday. "He has large hands, he bends well. We worked on both right and left stances; he's coachable."
Thomas, who will be a coaching intern when the Birds open camp next week, said he never saw any Bamiro tape from Stony Brook and couldn't project where he might have been drafted, Reports indicate he might have gone anywhere from the third or fourth round to the seventh in 2014. The 2013 draft was exceptionally deep in offensive linemen, so that would be an even tougher guess.
Bamiro, who played in a run-based offense at Stony Brook, would seem to be a project with some upside, which probably makes some sense for the Eagles, with Jason Peters coming off Achilles' surgery at 31 and Todd Herremans turning 31 during the season. Evan Mathis also is 31.