Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Eagles sign CB Thurmond, announce Sanchez deal

PHILADELPHIA - The Eagles agreed to terms with cornerback Walter Thurmond on a one-year contract, the team announced Wednesday.

Thurmond, 27, becomes the 10th former Oregon Ducks player brought in by coach Chip Kelly, who was Oregon's head coach from 2009-2012.

Thurmond is coming off an injury-shortened season with the New York Giants. He landed on injured reserve after tearing his pectoral in a Week 2 loss against Arizona.

A fourth-round pick of Seattle in 2010, Thurmond was a valuable member of the Seahawks' team that won Super Bowl XLVIII following the 2013 season. He has registered 84 tackles, 16 passes defensed and one interception in 36 career games.

The move reunites Thurmond with cornerback Byron Maxwell, who signed a six- year contract reportedly worth $63 million. Thurmond and Maxwell were teammates in Seattle.

The Eagles also officially announced that quarterback Mark Sanchez has re- signed with the club on a two-year deal and worked out a three-year, $11.5 million deal with former San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews.

Mathews, 27, was selected No. 12 overall by the San Diego Chargers in the 2010 draft, and is expected to help replace LeSean McCoy, who was traded to the Buffalo Bills. In five seasons with the Chargers, Mathews rushed for 4,061 yards and 23 touchdowns, averaging 4.4 yards per carry.

His best season came in 2013 when he finished with a career-high 1,255 yards.

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