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American Football: "The Freak" moves to Philly

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posted on Mar, 3 2004 @ 07:29 PM
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The biggest name in unrestricted free agency has flown (to) the coop, with free agent defensive end Jevon Kearse reaching a contract agreement with the Eagles.

In a deal that makes Kearse the highest-paid defensive lineman in NFL history, he will sign an eight-year contract worth $66 million. The pass-rush terror nicknamed "The Freak" will receive a signing bonus of $16 million. There are additional roster bonuses of $2 million each in the first two seasons, essentially guaranteeing $20 million of the deal.

Kearse, 27, will earn $24 million in the first three years of the contract.

Having appeared in three straight NFC title games, and lost all of them, the Eagles seem more intent than ever in capturing a Super Bowl berth in 2004. The addition of Kearse will immediately upgrade the front four, provide a big-time pass-rush threat to a unit that collected 38 sacks in 2003 but didn't have an individual player with more than 7½ sacks, and give innovative coordinator Jim Johnson another weapon for his arsenal.

League sources contended Wednesday afternoon that the Eagles might also explore the possibility of trading for San Francisco wide receiver Terrell Owens.

In five seasons with the Titans, Kearse had 192 tackles and 47½ sacks, with 19 forced fumbles and 19 pass deflections. The former University of Florida star, a first-round pick in 1999, averaged a dozen sacks in his first three seasons, including a league rookie record 14½. But foot injuries in 2002 sidelined him for all but four regular-season games. He missed four games in 2003 with a variety of leg injuries.

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This is a big signing for the Eagles, the only downfall is his history of injuries.



Ben

posted on Mar, 3 2004 @ 07:35 PM
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He will work in the off-seasont o get into tip top shape, looks like the eagles want to finally make it to the super bowl.



posted on Mar, 3 2004 @ 10:10 PM
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He should definitely help the Eagles defensive line, but only if he can stay healthy. He has had alot of foot problems in recent years. If he is healthy though, he can really wreak havoc on the football field.




Ben

posted on Mar, 3 2004 @ 10:11 PM
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thats why they call him the freak, he is a gamble but the gamble can pay off.



posted on Mar, 4 2004 @ 02:02 PM
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i didnt think i moived to philly, lol, jk.


But this is a great addition for the eagles they need him, now they need to go and get TO



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