Eagles bring Burgess back to nest

By JEFFREY WARNER
Staff Writer — jwarner@highhopesblog.com
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The Eagles announced Tuesday that they have signed Derrick Burgess to a two-year contract.

The Eagles wasted no time filling their open roster spot, after announcing yesterday that they placed rookie DE Brandon Graham on injured reserve. Tuesday, the Eagles announced that they have brought 32-year-old DE Derrick Burgess back to the nest, signing him to a two-year contract.

Burgess was drafted by the Eagles in the third round (63rd pick overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons in midnight green having including helping the Eagles make a run to their first Super Bowl in 25 years in 2004. He was most remembered by Eagles fans for sacking Michael Vick twice in the 2004 NFC Championship game against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Eagles declined to re-sign Burgess and then hit the free agent market where he made an immediate impact with the Oakland Raiders. In four seasons in Oakland, he was a two time Pro Bowler and contributed with 38.5 sacks including a career high 16 sacks in 2005.

In 2009, Burgess wanted a new contract from Oakland and held out of training camp where then he was traded to New England for a third and fourth round draft pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. He played in all 16 games, starting six of them with the Patriots. He ended the year with 35 total tackles and five sacks. Burgess became unhappy again, after he held out this past summer looking for a new contract. He was then released by the Patriots this past August.

The 6’2” pass rusher has played 10 years in the league with a total of 52 sacks in his career. It’s still unknown how much he has left in the tank after his playing time and numbers have been on a decline and he has not played a full game of football since last season. He is expected to come in here and be a situational pass rusher behind DE Juqua Parker and add depth to this strong Eagles rotation.

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