Eagles Sign McCray and Clark, Release Burgess

Inside the Iggles by Ryan Messick
Lead Writer

The Eagles made a pair of moves on the defensive line today, signing defensive tackle Jeremy Clark to a three-year contract and signing defensive end Bobby McCray. Philadelphia officially placed defensive tackle Jeff Owens on Injured Reserve and released defensive end Derrick Burgess in order to make room on the roster.

McCray, 29, spent the last two seasons with the Saints. The veteran had six sacks and 29 tackles in 2008, starting eight games. Last year he had just 1.5 sacks and 12 tackles and was not a starter. McCray was released by the Saints this year in their final round of cuts before the regular season.

Clark is making his second tour of duty with the Eagles, who signed him as a rookie free agent in 2007 and kept him on the practice squad that season. Since, he has played in six games with the Giants and Cowboys, accumulating six tackles and a half sack. Clark started this season in Dallas and spent time in Washington, where he was released on Christmas Day.

Owens suffered a ruptured patellar tendon in his knee during his first career game on Tuesday night. Burgess was signed after the Birds placed Brandon Graham on IR from his knee injury, but played in just one game before being released.

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