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Report: Eagles sign 6-8 OL prospect who bypassed NFL Draft

By Derek Harper | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com

Unlike other mid-round NFL Draft prospects, Michael Bamiro wasn't tied to a team that drafted him. As for the Philadelphia Eagles, they reportedly have signed an intriguing offensive tackle without having to use a draft pick.

Bamiro, a 6-foot-8, 335-pound offensive tackle who played for Stony Brook, became a free agent when it was learned he had exhausted his NCAA eligibility because he initially attended Pitt as a student in 2008 while not playing football. And he wasn't eligible for last week's supplemental draft, which is restricted to underclassmen.

Around 15-20 NFL teams had representatives show up for Bamiro's workout. Although the Eagles weren't a reported attendee, the workout was overseen by former Eagles tackle Tra Thomas.

The downside for Bamiro in not being included in the NFL Draft process was the lack of a significant signing bonus, although Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo reported that the Eagles have guaranteed more of his base salary during the first two seasons.

Bamiro is likely a developmental tackle for the Eagles this season. First-round pick Lane Johnson is expected to start at right tackle, although he could be the eventual replacement for Jason Peters on the left side, potentially opening up a starting job for Bamiro.

Bamiro started the past three seasons at right tackle for the Seawolves, emerging as a First Team All Big South performer in 2012. He began his academic collegiate career two years earlier at Pittsburgh, however. While he did not compete in a sport because he was a full-time student, Bamiro's five potential years of athletic eligibility started in 2008, and the NCAA ruled recently that he would not be allowed to play in 2013.

 
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