The Philadelphia Eagles have re-signed punter Dirk Johnson to a one-year contract. He had been a restricted free agent.
A veteran of four NFL seasons, Johnson appeared in seven games in 2005 before a groin injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season. His net punting average over the past two seasons (38.4 in 2005, 37.4 in 2004) rank as the two best season totals in Eagles history since the stat started being kept in 1976.
The 30-year old Johnson signed with the Eagles as a free agent in 2003 and beat out veteran punters Kyle Richardson and Lee Johnson for a roster spot. He has withstood four trips to the waiver wire since arriving on the NFL scene in 1998 before finally appearing in his first game in 2002 for the New Orleans Saints. For his career, Johnson has punted in 40 games (39 of which have been with the Eagles) and totaled 198 punts, including 59 punts inside the 20, for a 41.2 yard gross average.
The Eagles also signed free agent kicker E.J. Cochrane to a one-year contract. The 25-year old Cochrane played at Montana State, where the left-footed kicker led the Big Sky Conference in scoring as a senior in 2004. The Philadelphia native attended Pennsbury High School, where he was a two-year letterman in football and soccer.
Cochrane's signing gives the Eagles some depth behind kicker David Akers.