LB/DE Chris Gocong and WR Jeremy Bloom both officially agreed to four-year contracts with the Eagles on Wednesday. Their signings come on the heels of fourth round pick Max Jean-Gilles signing on Monday.
Gocong, who played at Cal Poly, led the nation in sacks for the second consecutiv season and racked up 41 sacks over his final two seasons of college ball. The Eagles took him in the third round of the draft after dealing with the Jets to move up and insure themselves of getting Gocong with the 71st overall pick in the draft. The deal meant that the birds had to ship their third rounder and a seventh rounder to the Jets, but they considered the move well worth it to upgrade their beleaguered pass rush.
Bloom has gained somewhat of a rock star status after competing in both the 2002 and 2006 Olympics for the U.S. Ski Team. The Eagles drafted Bloom in the fifth round and view him as a return specialist and as depth on their young receiving corps.
While playing football for Colorado in 2002 and 2003, Bloom earned 2nd-team All-Big Twelve honors as a sophomore and hauled in 22 passes for 356 yards and a touchdown, while averaging 12.0 yards on 24 punt returns (289 yards). He also led the conference that year with 24 kickoff returns for 589 yards (24.5 avg.) and a touchdown.
The Eagles have now signed five of their eight 2006 draft picks.
The Eagles also announced on Wednesday that they have released CB Eddie Canonico.