Eagles Ink Juqua Thomas To One-Year Deal
Juqua Thomas playing against Denver.

Posted Mar 10, 2006

The Eagles decided that rather than let Juqua Thomas enter free agency, they would wrap him up with a one-year deal. The move provides Thomas with a chance to compete for a starting job on the Eagles defense.

Juqua Thomas made his first start of the season in the final game of the season and put on quite a show. Notching ten tackles - seven of them solo - the 6-foot-2, 250 pounder out of Oklahoma State will get a chance to stand out from a currently crowded group of players fighting for jobs on the Eagles defensive line.

Thomas found himself with the Eagles after the Tennessee Titans cut him loose after four seasons. Originally, Thomas didn't expect to see much playing time, but he found himself getting pretty much action and was an impact player on special teams.

Currently, the Eagles have six defensive ends on the roster, but that number could change. N.D. Kalu likely won't return and will sign elsewhere once the free agency period begins on Saturday. There are no guarantees about the health of Jerome McDougle and Darrell Lee spent a chunk of the 2005 season on the practice squad. Trent Cole and Jevon Kearse appear to be the only defensive ends truly ahead of Thomas on the depth chart right now.

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