Eagles Sign WR, S
By Lance Epstein
Earlier today, the Eagles invited wide receivers Kelly Washington and Jared Perry for a workout at Leigh. On Thursday night, the Eagles and Perry agreed on a contract.
Perry (6-1, 180) played his college ball at the University of Missouri, where he was a teammate of current Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Over his college career, he started 27 out of 52 games and posted 137 receptions for 1,844 yards and 13 touchdowns in four years. However his best season came in 2009, where he pulled down 46 balls for 696 yards and six touchdowns.
Recently Perry was released by the San Francisco 49ers after signing as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2010 NFL Draft.
One player that comes to mind while watching game film on Perry is former Eagles' second-round pick Todd Pinkston. Like Pinkston, Perry has a skinny frame that needs some more bulk, but he does have the speed to blow past defenders. Additionally, Perry has a tendency to have alligator arms and is not willing to go over the middle into heavy traffic to make the tough reception, which drove Eagles fans crazy with Pinkston.
In order for the Eagles to sign Perry to the 80-man roster, they had to waive/cut a player to open up a roster spot. That player was wide receiver Kevin Jurovich. Jurovich and the Eagles agreed on an injury settlement, but the details have not been released.
Besides the addition of Perry, the Eagles have made two transactions today as they added and dropped a safety. The Eagles agreed to terms with veteran safety Antoine Harris and released Brett Johnson.
The current Eagles depth chart has only two safeties with significant NFL playing time in Quintin Demps and Quintin Mikell, so the acquisition of Harris brings some veteran presence.
Harris (5-10, 205) has spent the past three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. Like Johnson, he signed as an undrafted rookie out of Louisville in 2006 with the Tennessee Titans (did not see action his rookie season). Last year, Harris played in 10 games but only recorded three tackles.
As for Johnson, he signed as an undrafted rookie out of Cal with the Buffalo Bills in April, but was eventually cut. The Eagles decided to take a chance on him, but decided to waive him on Thursday.