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Burgess Might Be Soaring With Eagles Again


Burgess Rumored to Eagles
By Lance Epstein

Last night reports surfaced saying the Eagles were going to pursuing restricted free agent defensive end Ray Edwards. Today, sources around the league have linked the Eagles and former Eagles' defensive end Derrick Burgess.

Burgess, (6-2, 260) has 264 tackles, 52 sacks and six force fumbles over his eight-year career.

Burgess, 31, began his career with the Philadelphia as he was drafted in the third round pick out Mississippi in 2001. His rookie season with the Eagles he played in all 16 games and registered 6 sacks. However, his next season ended early due to injury.

In 2004, Burgess returned from injury to record 2.5 sacks, but really made a name for himself in the playoffs. Burgess recorded 3 sacks in the post-season and one against Tom Brady in the Super Bowl.

The off-season saw Burgess signed five-year $18 million contract with the Oakland Raiders. In his first season with the Raiders, he exploded onto the national scene by recording 16 sacks. The next two seasons with Oakland, Burgess combined for 19 sacks in 30 games. Although in the 2008 season, Burgess only played in 10 games recording just 3.5 sacks.

Last off-season the Raiders decided to trade the two-time Pro Bowler to New England after he held out of training camp due to wanting an new contract (was in the last year of a deal and only receiving $2 million).

With the Patriots, Burgess converted from a defensive end in a 4-3 to a linebacker in a 3-4 defense for the first time in his career. Initially he struggled only getting two sacks in 12 games. However, the last four games of the year, he returned to form as he accrued three sacks.

If Burgess signs with the Eagles, he would be the second former Eagle to return to the franchise this offseason; the other being wide receiver Hank Baskett.

Burgess would be a nice addition to the Eagles defense. He will be 32 at the start of the season but still shows the burst that made him an effective pass rusher with the Eagles and Raiders.

Moreover, he can play the left defensive end position and help take pressure off of Trent Cole. Furthermore, Burgess would be a good bargain at this stage of free agency. Plus, the Eagles would not have to give up players or picks like they would with restricted free agent Ray Edwards.

Of course the signing Burgess would only be a one or two year stop gap, but still allows the Eagles to draft a defensive end high and bring him along at his own pace. If the Eagles make the move, it would be a nice upgrade to the defensive end rotation.

Of course on Tuesday, Burgess said he would love to move forward as a member of the Patriots.

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