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Tra Thomas, seen here playing in 2006, was drafted by the Eagles out of Florida State with the 11th-overall pick in 1998. (AP)
Tra Thomas is no longer an intern coach with the Eagles.
Drop the “intern” label.
Thomas, the former Eagles' offensive tackle who made three Pro Bowls in 11 seasons, has officially joined Chip Kelly’s staff as an offensive assistant. Thomas has been mainly working with the offensive linemen during training camp.
Thomas joins running backs coach Duce Staley as two former standouts from the Andy Reid era who are part of Kelly’s staff. Tight ends coach Ted Williams is the other coaching holdover from Reid’s staff.
Thomas, Staley and Williams are also holdovers from Ray Rhodes' regime. Thomas and Staley played under Rhodes, while Williams served as a coach.
Thomas, who was drafted by the Eagles out of Florida State with the 11th-overall pick in 1998, finished his career with the Jaguars after the Eagles let him walk in 2008. He played eight games for Jacksonville, starting just three, and then returned to South Jersey to open a gym.
Thomas has since provided personal training at 7Deuce Sports -- named after his No. 72 -- in Medford, N.J.. This offseason, Thomas trained former Stony Brook offensive lineman Michael Bamiro, who became a free agent after the NCAA rendered him ineligible to play another season in college. Bamiro wasn’t an underclassman, so he wasn’t eligible for the NFL’s supplemental draft.
Bamiro worked out for teams under Thomas’ supervision and eventually signed a free-agent deal with the Eagles.