Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Eagles sign Felix Jones

PHILADELPHIA - The Eagles have agreed to terms with former Cowboys running back Felix Jones on a one-year contract.

Philadelphia worked out Jones last week and his signing comes on the heels of Monday's practice, one in which Chris Polk struggled mightily especially catching the football.

The Eagles are set with LeSean McCoy as a starter, while Bryce Brown and Jones should compete for the backup spot.

A former first-round selection (22nd overall) of the Dallas Cowboys in 2008, Jones (5-foot-10, 215) has rushed for 2,728 yards and 11 touchdowns on 569 carries (4.8 avg.), while adding 127 receptions for 1,062 yards and three touchdowns through the air during his five-year NFL career.

In 2012, Jones, 26, appeared in all 16 contests (seven starts) for the Cowboys and notched 402 yards and three touchdowns on 111 carries, while adding 25 receptions for 262 yards and two touchdowns. He enjoyed his best season in 2010 as part of a three-headed rushing attack in Dallas along with running backs Marion Barber and Tashard Choice, gaining 800 yards and one score on the ground while hauling in 48 receptions for 450 yards and one touchdown.

A three-time All-SEC selection at Arkansas, Jones amassed 5,099 career all-purpose yards for the Razorbacks, joining Darren McFadden (5,881) as the only players in school history to crack 5,000 career all-purpose yards. Jones started 11 of his 38 career games in Fayetteville, totaling 2,956 yards and 20 touchdowns on 286 carries. His 7.7 career yards per carry average ranked second only to Glen Davis (8.3 at Army from 1943-46) in NCAA history. The 2007 SEC Special Teams Player of the Year, he averaged 29.6 yards per return and scored two touchdowns as a junior, while climbing to ninth in NCAA history in career return average (28.2).

To make room for Jones on the 90-man roster the Eagles waived wide receiver Marvin McNutt, a sixth-round pick in 2012 who spent most of last season on the practice squad.

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