Philadelphia Eagles Officially Sign Former Pro Bowl Punter Mat McBriar

The Philadelphia Eagles officially signed former Dallas Cowboys punter Mat McBriar to a one-year deal, increasing the probability that Chas Henry, last year’s rookie punter, does not return in 2012.

McBriar spent the previous eight seasons punting for the Dallas Cowboys, where he earned Pro Bowl selections in 2006 and 2010. He ranks seventh in NFL history in career yards per punt, and he has three of the top 20 single-season marks in punting average.

The negative aspect, however, is that he’s not completely healthy right now. Head coach Andy Reid called McBriar 90 percent healthy. The 33-year old is bothered by nerve damage in his left foot (his planting foot), which led to his release from Dallas.

The Cowboys actually worked out McBriar on Tuesday but the Eagles reportedly offered McBriar a better contract.

I would expect McBriar to win the job pretty easily, but Reid talked about the two as if it will be a good battle.

“It should be great competition. That’s what we’re trying to do,” Reid said. “You’re talking about a kid that is one of the best in the National Football League. He’s coming off an injury, so we’ll have to see how that all works out, how he works through that, but he had a good workout, obviously impressed us there. I wouldn’t expect Chas to bow down to him at all; he’s gonna come out and compete. It should be a good battle.”

Chas Henry had a pretty poor rookie season and I’m excited to see what McBriar can do this year.

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.


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