Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Burgess signs; Graham on IR

The Eagles have signed DE Derrick Burgess to a two-year deal and placed DE Brandon Graham on the Injured Reserve list (knee).

Noire in his second stint in Philadelphia, Burgess (6-2, 255) was originally a third round draft choice of the Eagles in 2001 and went on to rank second in the NFC in sacks (6) among all rookies in his first season with the team. After missing most of the next two campaigns with season-ending injuries, Burgess bounced back in 2004 to play in 12 games (11 starts) and led the club with three sacks in the postseason, including two of then-Falcons quarterback Michael Vick in the NFC Championship game. In total, Burgess played in 29 games (15 starts) with the Eagles, recording 96 tackles and 8.5 sacks. In addition, his four career sacks in six playoff games rank tied for first in Eagles postseason history with Hugh Douglas and Reggie White.
Burgess joined the Oakland Raiders in 2005 and went on to earn two consecutive Pro Bowl berths after registering back-to-back double-digit sack seasons (16 in 2005, 11 in 2006). In fact, his 16 sacks in 2005 led the NFL and set a Raiders single-season franchise record. Burgess appeared in 56 games (52 starts) in four seasons with Oakland (2005-08), posting 170 tackles, 38.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He was traded to the New England Patriots in 2009 and went on to play in all 16 games (six starts) that season, finishing with 35 tackles, five sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He spent the 2010 preseason with the Patriots but was released prior to the start of the regular season.
The 32-year-old Burgess has played in 101 career games (73 starts), amassing 301 tackles, 52 sacks, seven forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. He also has 15 tackles, four sacks, and one forced fumble in seven playoff games.
The Greenbelt, MD, native starred collegiately at Mississippi, earning All-America and All-SEC honors as a senior after recording 60 tackles, 18 tackles for a loss and 9.5 sacks.


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