Friday, March 12, 2010

Eagles eyeing Vikes' Edwards; Baskett, Fargas visiting today

The Delaware County (Pa.) Times is reporting that the Eagles are expected to try to sign Vikings free-agent defensive end Ray Edwards.

Edwards is a restricted free agent and the Vikings tendered him at a first-round level. If Edwards receives an offer from another team, the Vikings would have  seven days to match it and if they don't, the Vikings would receive a first-round draft pick.

Meanwhile, the Eagles will host a pair of free agents today,  WR Hank Baskett and RB Justin Fargas.

Baskett spent the majority of the 2009 season with the Indianapolis Colts after being released by the Eagles on September 15. He appeared in 12 regular season games (11 with Colts, one with Eagles). He also played in all three playoff games for the Colts, including Super Bowl 44.

The 27-year-old Baskett owns three of the top ten longest plays in team history (90, 89 and 87 yard touchdowns). In 2006, he became the second rookie in NFL history to post two touchdown catches of 85-plus yards (89 and 87) in the same season Baskett is also a proven performer on special teams, garnering the Eagles special teams MVP in 2007 after leading the team that year with 277 special teams production points.

The 30-year-old Fargas was a 3rd round draft choice of the Oakland Raiders in 2003 and has amassed 3,369 yards and 10 TDs on the ground during his seven-year career in Oakland. He has also caught 77 passes for 523 yards. He led the Raiders in rushing for three straight years (2006-08).

Finally the team inked WR Chad Hall to a three-year contract yesterday.

A three-year letterman at the Air Force Academy, Hall (5-8, 180) was a triple threat in his college career at running back, receiver and returner. He was named the Mountain West Conference offensive player of the year as a senior in 2007 after becoming the only player in the nation to lead his team in rushing yards (1,478), receiving yards (524 on 50 catches) and all-purpose yards (2,683), while adding 16 total touchdowns (15 rushing, one receiving). A first-team all-conference selection that season, Hall led the conference and ranked third nationally with 208.7 all-purpose yards per game. In addition, he broke school records for most rushing yards (275) and all-purpose yards (333) in a game, both done vs. Army on November 3. Hall finished his career as the school’s all-time leader with 4,098 all-purpose yards (2,606 rushing, 780 receiving, 712 return). He also posted 77 career receptions and 24 total touchdowns (21 rushing, three receiving).

The 23-year-old Hall has spent the past two years serving as a second lieutenant at Hill Air Force Base in Salt Lake City, UT. The Atlanta, GA, native attended Wesleyan High School (Norcross, GA), where he earned all-state honors as a quarterback and defensive back. The two-sport star also earned all-county accolades as a point guard in basketball.

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