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We are less than 24 hours until the craziness that is NFL free agency. Teams wheeling and dealing left and right trying to improve their squads the best they can to try and contend to win the Super Bowl. And the Eagles on Monday finally made a few moves to lock up their own potential free agents.
The Eagles announced they have signed LS Jon Dorenbos to a 4 year deal, and S Colt Anderson to his 1 year restricted free agent tender to remain in Philadelphia with new Eagles head coach Chip Kelly.
“We are excited Jon and Colt will remain members of our team,” said Eagles general manager Howie Roseman. “These are two players who bring not only ability but a great amount of character to their respective positions. We anticipate they’ll both continue to have a strong impact as leaders on special teams. Coach Kelly and I spoke about both players throughout the past several weeks and we both thought it was important for our club moving forward that we get a deal done with Jon and Colt before they hit the free agent market.”
The 32 year old Dorenbos joined the Eagles during the 2006 season and has remained the Eagles long snapper ever since. While Anderson will enter his 4th season in midnight green after being signed in 2010 off the Minnesota Vikings practice squad.
The 27 year old has provided versatility and depth to be able to play both safety positions playing in 34 games(6 starts) recording 32 total tackles and one interception in that span. But where Anderson has paid his dues is on special teams. He is considered by his teammates as the special teams demon recording 30 tackles in the same span and was the Eagles special team’s MVP in 2012.
He will never be a regular day starter in the NFL so he doesn’t solve the Eagles safety issues, but is a guy off the bench that despite his small size(5-10 194lbs) he has been a solid tackler and is a major asset on special teams if he can remain healthy. He is a guy that the Philly faithful have become fond since he arrived in Philly. He is a guy that has that blue collar attitude and work ethic to give it his all which we can’t say about a lot of that 2012 Eagles squad. A quality move by the Eagles to bring him back and these two will probably be the only potential Eagles free agents to return for 2013.