Philadelphia Eagles sign offensive tackle Ed Wang
The Eagles added more depth to their offensive line on Friday by signing offensive tackle Ed Wang, the first Chinese player ever drafted in the NFL, to a two-year contract.
Wang, 25, was a fifth-round pick by the Buffalo Bills out of Virginia Tech in 2010. His rookie season consisted of six games before he missed 2011 with a thumb injury. Wang, who is listed at 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds, did not make the Oakland Raiders last season after spending the offseason with the team.
Wang's parents, Robert and Nancy, met as Chinese Olympians and competed in the 1984 Olympics. Wang starred as a high school football player in Ashburn, Va., before arriving at Virginia Tech as a tight end. He converted to offensive tackle and earned second-team all-ACC honors as a senior.
His signing is not a major move, and should be viewed instead as simply a futures contract for a player with potential. The Eagles must bolster their offensive line this offseason, and Wang will have significant competition to make the roster.