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February 15, 2003 | By Phil Sheridan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Mike Bartrum. Check. Brian Mitchell. Pending. The Eagles signed long snapper Bartrum, one of their special-teams keystones, to a five-year contract yesterday. The deal for Bartrum, 32, makes it clear the Eagles will go beyond the veteran minimum for key special-teams players. That should mean an attempt to bring Mitchell - statistically the best return man in NFL history - back for another season. Mitchell has made it clear he would like a multiyear deal with a signing bonus rather than settle for the cap-friendly minimum deal that he, and Bartrum, played under in 2002.
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March 17, 2000 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
After a trade, the Eagles' muddled tight end situation remained muddled. However, now they might have a replacement long-snapper. The Birds yesterday swapped Kaseem Sinceno for the Packers' Jeff Thomason. Sinceno is entering his third season after missing last year with a foot injury. He contributed as an undrafted rookie with three catches and one touchdown. Thomason, 30, is entering his eighth season. He has been a third-stringer since the Bengals signed him in 1992 as a rookie free agent.
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April 18, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
Todd Marinovich and Ryan Leaf won't be teammates, after all. After obtaining two quarterbacks from obscure colleges, the San Diego Chargers dropped their interest in Marinovich, who was hoping for a comeback after eight seasons away from the NFL. Marinovich, whose career has been even more troubled than Leaf's, worked out for the Chargers on Thursday, impressing them with his accuracy and release. The Chargers took JuJuan Seider, of Division I-AA Florida A & M, in the sixth round of the draft, then agreed to terms with free agent quarterback Mike Burton, of Division III Trinity University of San Antonio, Texas.
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January 28, 2006 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Tight end Mike Bartrum was named yesterday to the NFC Pro Bowl roster as the long snapper, joining two other Eagles on the squad. "I feel honored to be representing my team at the Pro Bowl," Bartrum said. "It will be a very special experience for me and my family. Honors like this don't come along very often, and I plan to make the most of it. " Linebacker Jeremiah Trotter was the lone Eagle voted to the Pro Bowl, and safety Brian Dawkins was named this week as an injury replacement.
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October 24, 2008 | by Bob Cooney
POSITION: Long snapper HEIGHT: 6-0 WEIGHT: 250 AGE: 28 BIRTHDATE: July 21, 1980 HOMETOWN: Garden Grove, Calif. COLLEGE: Texas-El Paso YEARS PRO: 6 HOW ACQUIRED: Unrestricted free agent in 2006 FAVORITE PRO ATHLETE: "Hank Baskett. No, [former Seattle Mariner] Jay Buhner. I grew up in Seattle and used to love watching him play. " DESCRIBE PHILLY FANS: "From what I've seen of them, they're great. They go to the games, they scream, they sport their gear.
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March 23, 2004 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
John Lynch, a Pro Bowl safety released last week by Tampa Bay, agreed to a three-year, $9 million deal with the Denver Broncos yesterday. Denver also signed defensive end Raylee Johnson and agreed to terms with defensive tackle Luther Elliss from Detroit. Johnson, who spent his first 11 seasons in San Diego, signed a three-year, $3.3 million contract with a $1 million signing bonus. Jets. New York signed free-agent safety Reggie Tongue hours after losing out on Lynch. The Jets also signed long snapper Randy Chevrier.
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July 10, 2007 | INQUIRER STAFF REPORT
The Eagles waived fullback Zach Tuiasosopo today. Tuiasosopo spent last season on the Eagles' practice squad. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Washington product signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a rookie free agent in 2005. He split time between the Steelers and the Oakland Raiders' practice squad during the 2005 season. The Eagles are already deep with fullback prospects entering training camp, which opens with rookies and selected veterans reporting to training camp on July 27. The Eagles return starting fullback Thomas Tapeh.
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December 30, 2007 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The life of a long-snapper can be a long and prosperous one in the NFL as long as you can remain mostly unnoticed on game day. Mike Bartrum, for example, spent 10 seasons in the NFL snapping on kicks, including seven seasons with the Eagles. Now, Jon Dorenbos has a chance to hold down the job for the same amount of time. Thanks to his work in his first full season with the Eagles, he received a five-year extension from the team yesterday. "Jon has been a very good long-snapper for us over the last year and a half," Eagles general manager Tom Heckert said.
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February 26, 1997 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
The word was that Frank Winters's friendship with quarterback Brett Favre and tight end Mark Chmura would keep Green Bay's free-agent center in Wisconsin. "Not true," Winters said yesterday, standing outside Veterans Stadium having just returned from lunch with offensive line coach Bill Callahan. "Green Bay has not approached me. I'm not sure where I stand. With the salary cap and everything . . . it's something I have no control over. "I have no ties to Green Bay. " Well, nothing more than the last five years of his 10-year career and a significant role in the Pack's Super Bowl run last season.
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January 21, 2010 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's rarely a good thing when the long snapper gets noticed. Yesterday it was a great thing for Jon Dorenbos. The Eagles' long snapper, who had to overcome the gruesome childhood tragedy of his father's killing his mother, learned that he had been added to the NFC's Pro Bowl roster for the Jan. 31 game in Miami. "This is what every kid dreams about," Dorenbos said during a conference call. "I'm going to the NFL all-star game. " Dorenbos became the seventh Eagles player named to the NFC squad, joining defensive end Trent Cole, offensive tackle Jason Peters, cornerback Asante Samuel, wide receiver DeSean Jackson, kicker David Akers, and fullback Leonard Weaver.
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May 14, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
LAURENT Duvernay-Tardif almost didn't get to hear his name announced on ESPN when he was selected in the sixth round by the Chiefs. The reason? He was helping deliver twins via C-section. Duvernay-Tardif, you see, is a medical student at McGill University in Montreal, which has had just one other player drafted by the NFL - Randy Chevrier, a long snapper taken by the Jaguars in 2001. "I think when you play football, you have to play 100 percent," Duvernay-Tardif, a tackle, told the Associated Press.
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October 4, 2012 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
BRIAN ROLLE started 13 games at weakside linebacker for the Eagles last season. Coaches considered him a gritty overachiever as a sixth-round draft choice from Ohio State. But Rolle, generously listed at 5-10, lost his starting job in training camp and never really showed his rookie tenacity when demoted to special teams. Two days after allowing the New York Giants to average 36.2 yards on six kickoff returns, the Eagles cut Rolle on Tuesday and brought back Adrian Moten, a linebacker they'd cut in the preseason.
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September 28, 2012 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer
BY RELEASING punter Chas Henry on Tuesday because of a lack of consistency, Eagles coach Andy Reid might inadvertently be throwing off one of his most consistent performers: kicker Alex Henery. With long snapper Jon Dorenbos possibly sidelined by a high ankle sprain for Sunday night's home game with the Giants, Henery could have two new moving parts in the booting process. New punter Mat McBriar will handle the holding duties. Kyle Nelson, who has never taken a snap in an NFL regular-season game, would replace Dorenbos on the roster.
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September 26, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite averaging 48.3 yards a punt, Chas Henry was released Tuesday, and the Eagles brought back former Pro Bowl punter Mat McBriar to take his place. As robust as many of Henry's kicks had been this season, the second-year punter was inconsistent. And even when he did get hold of one, Henry often would out-kick his coverage with low-trajectory punts. On Sunday against Arizona, he averaged 49.2 yards on five punts. But his net was 38.8, and Arizona averaged 10.4 yards a return.
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September 14, 2012 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer
THE EAGLES' chances of getting their offense back on track this week against a stout Baltimore defense did not improve Thursday when wide receiver DeSean Jackson missed practice with a hamstring issue. No more information was released, and Jackson was not available for comment. The other starting wideout, Jeremy Maclin, missed his second day in a row with a hip injury suffered in the season opener, though Maclin said he intended to run on his own. For what it's worth, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick said after practice he was optimistic about having both players for Sunday's home opener.
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September 12, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
DENNIS ALLEN has a lot more to deal with than just a loss in his debut as Oakland Raiders coach. Big-play receiver Jacoby Ford will undergo surgery on his injured left foot and miss significant time, and the Raiders must find a contingency at long snapper after a concussion to Pro Bowler Jon Condo played a major role in the team's 22-14 loss to San Diego on Monday night. Backup long snapper Travis Goethel rolled two snaps back to punter Shane Lechler, who couldn't get a kick off on either try. Lechler also had a punt blocked after lining up closer to the line of scrimmage than usual.
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September 12, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State coach Bill O'Brien says that the Penn State kicking job is an open competition from week to week and that Sam Ficken has emerged as the winner every time. That won't satisfy the critics who have knocked Ficken, some with vicious comments on social media, since he missed four field-goal attempts, including the potential game-winning 42-yard try on the last play, in Saturday's 17-16 loss at Virginia. But O'Brien will stick with his routine in preparing for Saturday's game against Navy.
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September 11, 2012 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer
IT'S UNLIKELY that Nick Sundberg's name will ever be mentioned in the same sentence as NFL tough guys Bednarik, Butkus, Mean Joe, Tatum, Youngblood or Dawkins. But don't sell Sundberg short. The Redskins' long snapper played the second half of Sunday's win over the Saints with a broken left arm. Sundberg said he suffered the injury with a little under a minute to go in the first half when his arm was smashed between a helmet and a facemask on a blocked punt that the Saints returned for a touchdown.
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September 7, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Anthony Giagunto was a freshman, St. Joseph needed a long snapper. "I said, 'I'll try it,' " Giagunto said. "I just bent over and threw it between my legs like I was throwing a pass. " The incident showed two things about Giagunto: his team-first attitude, and his football talent. Now a senior, Giagunto does a bit of everything for St. Joseph. He's 5-foot-8 (maybe) and 170 pounds (possibly), but he stands as tall as any player in South Jersey when it comes to winning football games.
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October 26, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
MINNESOTA cornerback Chris Cook has been suspended indefinitely by the Vikings without pay, following a felony charge for allegedly strangling his girlfriend during an incident that left her bloodied. The team issued a statement late yesterday announcing the suspension and describing the allegations as "very disturbing and disappointing" but declined to comment further "until the appropriate time. " Cook was charged earlier yesterday with felony domestic assault by strangulation, which carries a penalty of up to three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
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