Saturday, December 29, 2007

Eagles sign Dorenbos to 5-year extension

The Philadelphia Eagles signed long snapper Jon Dorenbos to a five-year contract extension Saturday. He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2007 season.

“Jon has been a very good long snapper for us over the last year and a half,” said Eagles general manager Tom Heckert. “Good, consistent long snappers are hard to find and we wanted to shore up that position for the next several years. He has worked very well with David Akers and Sav Rocca and we’re happy to have him back.”

he 27-year-old Dorenbos battled a tremendous amount of personal adversity early in life and worked hard and stayed focused enough to carve out a five-year career as a NFL long snapper. The Eagles signed him late in the 2006 season to replace an injured Mike Bartrum and has gone on to snap for the Eagles in 22 games (including two playoff contests).

Dorenbos, who endured the murder of his mother by his father at a young age, took up magic to help ease his mind throughout the tough times. Dorenbos, in fact, has become so good at his craft that he has been hired for shows in Hollywood and Las Vegas. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent with Buffalo in 2003, Dorenbos has also snapped for the Bills (2003-04) and Titans (2005-06).

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