February 15, 2003 |
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.
March 17, 2000 |
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.
April 18, 2000 |
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.
January 28, 2006 |
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.
October 24, 2008 |
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.
March 23, 2004 |
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.
July 10, 2007 |
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.
December 30, 2007 |
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.
February 26, 1997 |
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.
January 21, 2010 |
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.