Monday, July 23, 2012

Eagles trade for DT Ogbu

PHILADELPHIA (The Phanatic Magazine) - The Eagles have acquired DT Ollie Ogbu from the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for CB D.J. Johnson, and also signed free agents, WR Anthony “Tiger” Jones, a former member of the Philadelphia Soul, and CB Kee-ayre Griffin, a Temple product.

Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Indianapolis in 2011, Ogbu (6-foot1, 305) spent 2011 on the Colts practice squad. The 25-year-old was a three-year starter at defensive tackle for Penn State, where he logged 113 tackles, 29 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks as senior in 2010. He earned second team All-Big 10 honors as a junior in 2009, registering 48 tackles (17 solo), 8.5 tackles for loss, a half-sack and one pass defensed. The Staten Island, N.Y. native was recognized as a PrepStar Magazine All-American while at Milford Academy.

Jones (5-11, 195) had spent the last four years in the Arena Football League with the Philadelphia Soul (2012), Dallas Vigilantes (2011), Milwaukee Iron (2010) and Georgia Force (2008). The 30-year-old recorded 524 catches, 7,259 receiving yards and 160 touchdowns over 62 career games in the AFL. In 2012, Jones was named the AFL Wide Receiver of the Year after leading the Soul in all receiving categories, totaling 2,010 yards on 133 receptions and a career-high 47 touchdowns. Jones was signed as a rookie free agent by Washington Redskins in 2005, but was released prior to training camp. The Mobile, AL native played collegiately at Louisville, tallying 26 catches for 326 yards and four touchdowns over 51 career games. An offensive and defensive standout at St. Paul’s Episcopal School, Jones was a first-team all-Southern Region selection at defensive back and an honorable mention all-state selection on offense in his senior season.

Offered a tryout at the Eagles rookie mini-camp this year, Griffin (5-10, 182 - pronounced Key-air Griffin) was a two-year starter at cornerback for Temple where he collected 49 tackles, a team-best three interceptions, and blocked two kicks his senior season in 2011. A native of East Orange, N.J., Griffin started his collegiate career as a running back for the Owls, but was switched to a defensive back during the middle of his sophomore season in 2009. The 24-year-old earned first-team All-State, first-team All-Non Public and first-team All-Hudson recognition by the Star-Ledger as a running back while at St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.).
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