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B.J. Cunningham (left) becomes the sixth wide receiver on the Eagles' 53-man roster. (USA Today Images)
The Eagles re-signed wide receiver B.J. Cunningham to the 53-man roster Monday and released fourth tight end Emil Igwenagu.
Cunningham, who originally joined the Eagles on Dec. 31, 2012 –- the day Andy Reid was fired –- was hampered by a foot injury in the preseason and was released with an injury settlement on Aug. 1. The all-time leading receiver in Michigan State history, Cunningham was originally a sixth-round draft pick of the Dolphins last year and spent the entire season on the Eagles’ practice squad.
At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Cunningham has very good size and gives the Eagles depth at a position where backups Damaris Johnson and Jeff Maehl have a combined four receptions this year.
"An intermediate receiver, physical, can block, can play special teams, and he looked really good in the offseason and then he got hurt," general manager Howie Roseman said on his weekly radio show on 94WIP, via the Eagles' official website.
The Eagles worked out Cunningham on Friday.
"He actually, I thought, even looked quicker than when we had him during the summer, so we were excited about that today when we kind of had a chance to discuss our roster, looking for an extra receiver," Roseman said. "No slight on Emil, but we just thought it was a good fit for what we were looking to do going forward. Getting that player there fits what we're trying to do offensively, and we're excited to get him back"
Cunningham caught 218 passes for 3,086 yards at Michigan State.
Igwenagu, a fullback by trade, made the roster as a fourth tight end with blocking skills but was inactive for all six games so far this year. He played in three games last year.
Igwenagu is a candidate to rejoin the Eagles on the practice squad, although because of his versatility and ability to play either fullback or tight end he could have some value to a team hit by injuries at one or both of those positions.
As a second-year player, Igwenagu is subject to the NFL’s waiver claim procedure. If he’s claimed by multiple teams, his rights would be awarded to the team with the worst current record.