Former Texans Punter Donnie Jones Signs with Eagles

Nov 18, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans punter Donnie Jones (5) against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Texans defeated the Jaguars 43-37. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles seem infatuated with signing the Texans’ free agents this offseason. Only a week after signing linebacker Connor Barwin and tight end James Casey, the Eagles picked up former Texans punter Donnie Jones on Monday, with both sides agreeing to a one-year deal.

The Eagles have made special teams a priority during the break, and told NewJersey.com that they have always admired Jones during his time in Houston, seeing him as a suitable replacement to recently released starter Mat McBriar. Jones averaged 47.2-yards per punt last season with the Texans, but like McBriar, was also released last week and replaced by ageing veteran Shane Lechler.

Adding Jones gives the Eagles another experienced foot at the punter position after making All Pro twice back in 2008 and 2009. Details of the signing are still unknown, but Jones will have to work for his money after playing indoors for the past six years. Punting at Lincoln Financial Field is a whole new ball game.

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Topics: 2013 NFL Free Agency, AFC South, Donnie Jones, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles, Texans

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  • Moby Dick

    A punter signing. Hooray. SB, here we come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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