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Eagles Kick Off Draft Day With Rocca Signing Tender

Rocca Signs One-Year Tender
By Lance Epstein

In a move that will surely be overlooked today, the Philadelphia Eagles announced that punter Sav Rocca has signed his one-year restricted free agent tender. Currently every restricted free agent the Eagles had are under contract for the 2010 season.

Rocca won the Eagles' punting job when he out performed incumbent starter Dirk Johnson in the 2007 preseason. Over the past two seasons, he has set a franchise record for net punting yards. He is the the franchise's all-time net punting average leader at 37.0 yards per punt.

In 2009, the former Australian Football League player had an average of 42.4 yards per punt and 38.3 net average per punt. Additionally. he boomed a 61 yard punt and the Eagles downed 26 punts that were inside the 20-yard line.

Of course many fans wanted to see Roccca gone because he is inconsistent. One punt he will look like an elite punter and severely help the Eagles out. The next minute he shanks a punt that goes 20 yards and puts the Eagles' backs against the wall. Also, a lot of his bad punts come in the games most critical juncture.

Expect the Eagles to bring in either a undrafted free agent punter to compete with Rocca or even use one of their compensatory seventh-round draft picks on a premiere punter. While this is not huge news, the value in a punter is major since he controls field position.

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