The Eagles added depth and experience to their linebacking corps by signing veteran Rocky Boiman to a one-year deal, the team announced yesterday.
Boiman played in all 16 games last season for the Colts and started seven of them at strongside linebacker. He recorded a career-high 64 tackles, picked off two passes and had a fumble recovery, while also seeing extensive action on special teams.
The 6-foot-4, 236-pound Boiman was originally drafted out of Notre Dame in the fourth round of the 2002 draft by Tennessee, and he played with the Titans for four seasons before joining the Colts in 2006. In his career, Boiman has 194 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and five interceptions in 86 games played.
With the Eagles, Boiman has the ability to play at all three linebacker positions, but his greatest contributions will likely come on special teams. He has 91 special teams tackles in his career.
Linebacker Rocky Boiman
"A lot of times it's not the prettiest work in the world, but you have to be tough and you really have to have that desire to run down the field and know you're going to get hit and things like that," Boiman said about playing on special teams at yesterday's press conference. "It's been a big part of my career and has kept me in the league for a while. I'm definitely looking forward to doing it here too."
When asked about why he decided to sign with Philadelphia, Boiman, who was a member of the Colt's 2006 Super Bowl Championship team, gave a simple explanation.
"I think it was a good situation," Boiman said. "[The Eagles are] a team that is always competitive and in the hunt every year. Winning has always been the most important thing for me."
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