Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Eagles bring back McBriar, give Henry the boot

The Philadelphia Eagles swapped punters on Tuesday, releasing Chas Henry and signing Mat McBriar to a two-year contract.

It's a stunning turnaround for the native of Australia, who agreed to terms on a one-year contract in late July before being cut in favor of Henry during the last preseason roster cutdowns.

McBriar spent the past eight seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and averaged 45.3 yards during his career. He also had a net average of 38.4 yards.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection, the 33-year-old led the league in punting average in 2006 and 2010. He averaged 43.8 yards on 58 punts last season, more than four yards below his 2010 mark of 47.9 yards.

The 23-year-old Henry began the regular season on an up note, averaging 42 net yards per punt in a win at Cleveland. However, his net average dropped to 32.4 and 38.8 yards per boot over the last two games.

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