Thursday, June 11, 2009

Eagles officially sign Ingram; waive Temple QB DiMichele

The Philadelphia Eagles officially signed TE Cornelius Ingram to a four-year contract.

Ingram was a fifth round draft choice of the team in 2009. A versatile and talented athlete in college, Ingram (6-4, 245) finished his career at Florida with 64 receptions for 888 yards and eight touchdowns despite sitting out the entire 2008 season due to a knee injury suffered in the preseason. In 2007, Ingram earned second-team All-SEC honors with 34 receptions for 508 yards and seven touchdowns. Ingram was originally recruited to Florida as a quarterback in 2004, while also playing shooting guard and small forward for the Gators basketball team. He made the switch to tight end during the 2005 season.

After winning back-to-back national football championships at Florida, Ingram got the chance to visit the White House two years in a row with his teammates, meeting both former President George W. Bush and current President Barack Obama. In fact, his Florida teammates voted him as the player to present Obama with a game ball and jersey, despite the fact that he sat out the entire season.

With Ingram under contract, the Eagles have signed six of the eight members of their 2009 draft class. Only WR Jeremy Maclin (1st round) and RB LeSean McCoy (2nd round) remain unsigned.

In addition, the Eagles released former Temple QB Adam DiMichele and RB Walter Mendenhall, while DT Amon Gordon was waived/injured (torn Achilles’ tendon).

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