On the day before the official start of NFL free agency, the Eagles took care of a couple of housekeeping issues, signing longsnapper Jon Dorenbos to a four-year contract and special teams ace Colt Anderson to a one-year deal.
Dorenbos would have become an unrestricted free agent Tuesday at 4 p.m., Anderson would have been a restricted free agent. They are the only impending free agents the Birds were expected to retain.
Eagles general manager Howie Roseman called Dorenbos and Anderson "two players who bring not only ability but a great amount of character to their respective positions."
Dorenbos, who turns 33 in July, has been with the team since 2006. Anderson, 27, came to the Eagles from the Vikings in 2010 and was the team's Ed Block Courage Award winner last year for his determined return from a torn ACL suffered late in the 2011 season.
Both said in a conference call with reporters that they were eager to return, despite the Eagles' 4-12 record last season and the uncertainty involving the transition to new coach Chip Kelly.
"It's a new energy," Dorenbos said. "New is good. New is a chance to prove ourselves again. I'm looking forward to, obviously, if you've watched the history Oregon had -- I talked to some players that played for coach Kelly, and (they) said that the energy and the culture's awesome, so whatever changes he implements, the team's going to buy into right away."
Anderson said he felt both the players and former coach Andy Reid "needed a new start ... This is going to bring a whole new energy to the field."