The Philadelphia Eagles looked elsewhere, but wound up re-signing running back Correll Buckhalter to a two-year contract, the terms of which were not announced.
The 28-year-old Buckhalter returned to the field in 2006 after missing three of the previous four seasons due to knee injuries. "Buck worked extremely hard to get back on the field in 2006 and did a solid job for us," said general manager Tom Heckert. "He’s a tough kid both mentally and physically and is a proven performer at running back when he’s been healthy. He’s a real good compliment to Brian Westbrook in our offensive scheme."
The Eagles have made an art of re-signing their free agents, with Buckhalter joining QB A.J. Feeley, S Quintin Mikell, DE Juqua Thomas, and CB Will James on the list of re-signed Philadelphia Eagles players.
Last season, Buckhalter rushed for 345 yards and two touchdowns on 83 carries (a 4.2 average) as the primary back-up to Brian Westbrook. Buckhalter also collected a career-high 24 receptions for 256 yards and one touchdown. Buckhalter has fit in well in both the running and passing game, getting 338 times for 1,473 yards - a 4.4 yard per carry average - and 12 touchdowns, while grabbing 47 passes for 519 yards and two scores. He rushed for a team rookie record 586 yards in 2001 and posted a career-high nine touchdowns in 2003 which was Buckhalter's last healthy season prior to his comeback 2006 season. Buckhalter had missed the entire 2002, 2004 and 2005 campaigns due to injury.