Monday, March 2, 2009

Ward, Leonhard on Eagles radar

Derrick Ward skies over Joselio Hanson

The Eagles are interested in free agent running back Derrick Ward, who rushed for 1,025 yards and two touchdowns last year with the New York Giants, according to reports.

Ward (5-11, 228) turns 29 in August. He met with the Broncos, and the Buccaneers also could be interested. In a complementary role to big back Brandon Jacobs, Ward averaged 88 yards from scrimmage per game. Ward notched 5.6 yards per rush and 9.1 yards per reception, grabbing 41 passes for 384 yards.

Safety Jim Leonhard (5-8, 186) is more Sean Considine than Brian Dawkins, both of those safeties leaving the Eagles in free agency. Leonhard, 26, registered 69 tackles, including a sack, and returned an interception for a score starting 13 of 16 games for the Ravens.He stepped in for injured starter Dawan Landry.



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