Eagles sign CFL pass rusher

Posted: February 12, 2011

The Eagles signed defensive end Phillip Hunt on Friday to a three-year contract, adding a pass rusher who led the Canadian Football League in sacks last season.

Hunt, 25, had 16 sacks for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last season and had three in 2009. The CFL plays an 18-game season.

He played at the University of Houston but was undrafted. Hunt worked out for the Eagles, Cleveland Browns, and New England Patriots in December. At 6 feet and 248 pounds, he fits the physical mold the Eagles look for in pass rushers.

One of the most important goals for the Eagles in the off-season is boosting the pass rush, but no NFL players will be available until after a new collective bargaining agreement is worked out.

The Eagles brought in CFL rushing star Martell Mallett last year, but he did not make the team.

Harbor has surgery. The Eagles also confirmed that tight end Clay Harbor recently underwent surgery for a sports hernia. The team did not provide a timetable for his recovery, but the rehabilitation period usually is about four to eight weeks, meaning Harbor likely would be ready for off-season practices, if there are any.

Harbor, 23, played in nine games last season, nearly all at the end of the campaign, and had nine catches for 72 yards and a touchdown. He was a fourth-round draft pick.


Contact staff writer Jonathan Tamari at 215-854-5214 or jtamari@phillynews.com.

 

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