Eagles sign punter Donnie Jones, dump Mat McBriar
Like seemingly all recent former Texans players, punter Donnie Jones has found his newest home in Philadelphia, as the Eagles announced they had signed Jones to a one-year deal.
With the Texans signing Shane Lechler to be their new punter, former Houston punter Donnie Jones was out of a job. But, like seemingly all recent former Texans players, he has found his newest home in Philadelphia, as the Eagles announced they had signed Jones to a one-year deal.
And when Jones arrives in Philadelphia, he’ll know a few people, like former Houstonites Connor Barwin and James Casey.
As a result of the Jones signing, Philadelphia has released Mat McBriar.
“Donnie Jones is a guy that we have admired over the last several years,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said in a statement. “He has one of the strongest legs in the entire NFL, and we’re excited we had a chance to sign him. We watched a lot of tape on him, and he’s coming off a very good season with Houston. We feel he’ll add a good element to our special teams units.”
Jones is a two-time All-Pro who ranks 5th in NFL history in gross (45.6) and net punting average (39.0).
As for McBriar, Roseman said, “Mat was nothing but a consummate professional for us in 2012. He battled back from a tough injury situation to punt very well last year. We just decided to go in a different direction with Donnie, and we wish Mat and his family all the best as he continues his NFL career.”
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