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Philadelphia Eagles Interested in Former Pro Bowl Punter Mat McBriar

The Chas Henry era in Philadelphia could be over after just one year. That wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

The Philadelphia Eagles worked out four punters on Monday: Mat McBriar, Brad Maynard, Jason Baker, and Chris Bryan.

According to reports from those who watched the workouts, McBriar was easily the most impressive of the four punters, and CSNPhilly’s Reuben Frank says that all signs point to the Eagles signing McBriar.

A two-time Pro Bowler with the Dallas Cowboys, McBriar has the fourth highest punting average in league history among punters with at least 400 punts. He has led the league in punting average twice.

He became a free agent after last season, but spent the previous eight seasons with the Cowboys. As an Eagles fan, I remember him most for the punt that the Arizona Cardinals blocked and recovered for a touchdown in overtime of a 30-24 victory in 2008. That game essentially cost the Cowboys a playoff berth, because they finished 9-7 and the Eagles grabbed the final wild-card spot at 9-6-1. Oh, and the punt block also broke McBriar’s foot, ending his season.

The next option for the Eagles would be Maynard, who ranks third in NFL history with 1339 punts. He’s 38 and has punted for the Chicago Bears, New York Giants, and Cleveland Browns.

Baker punted for the Eagles in 2002, but averaged a pathetic 34.2 yards on 13 punts. He has played for six teams during his 10-year NFL career.

Bryan averaged just 37.4 yards on 23 punts with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. He has also spent training camp with the Green Bay Packers and the New York Jets.

This article was written by Bryn Swartz, the top writer for Eagles Central and a featured NFL columnist on Rant Sports. Bryn has written more than 1000 articles in less than two years as a member of Rant Sports. His blog, Eagles Central, was named the 2010 Ballhyped Sports Blog of the Year. To read a portfolio of Bryn’s best work, click here.