Monday, August 3, 2015

NFL Free Agency: Eagles re-sign P Donnie Jones, release S Patrick Chung

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Donnie Jones punts against the Redskins.
Donnie Jones punts against the Redskins. RON CORTES / Staff Photographer

The Eagles' first moves on Tuesday was re-signing punter Donnie Jones and releasing safety Patrick Chung.

Jones, 33, signed a three-year deal worth $6 million, according to a league source. Jones set Eagles single-season records with a 40.3-yard average on net punts and 33 punts downed inside the 20-yard line. The move was expected, as he needed to wait until the new league year to sign a deal for than the veteran minumum. 

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Chung, 26, signed with the Eagles on the first day of free agency last season, but he struggled as a starter. He started 10 games in an injury-riddled season and finished with 59 tackles. Chung was due $3.25 million this season, so the move was expected. 

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