Eagles sign Felix Jones to one-year deal

Eagles sign Felix Jones to one-year deal

May 14, 2013, 8:30 am
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Running back Felix Jones spent his first five NFL seasons in Dallas. He's averaged 4.8 yards per rush and scored 15 touchdowns (11 rushing, three receiving, one return). (USA Today Images)

The Eagles signed former Cowboys running back Felix Jones to a one-year deal Tuesday and released wide receiver Marvin McNutt.

Jones will participate in the team's OTAs Tuesday.

The 26-year-old Jones, a first-round pick of the Cowboys in 2008, worked out for the Eagles last week before visiting the Patriots. He never had a 1,000-yard season with Dallas and lost his starting job to DeMarco Murray.

Jones joins a crowded Eagles backfield that already includes LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown, Chris Polk and rookie free agents Miguel Maysonet and Matthew Tucker.

Hampered by knee and ankle injuries throughout his career, Jones had his best season with Dallas in 2010, rushing for a career-high 800 yards. His season-high for rushing touchdowns is three, accomplished three times. He has just four career 100-yard rushing efforts in the regular season, although his best game as a pro came in a first-round home playoff game against the Eagles on Jan. 9, 2010, when he rushed for 148 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries while also catching a 30-yard touchdown. He has also returned one kickoff for a score -- a 98-yarder in 2008 against the Eagles, his second NFL game.

Last season Jones played all 16 games for just the second time in his career and rushed for 402 yards on 111 carries (3.6 average), caught 25 passes for 262 yards and scored five touchdowns.

The Eagles selected McNutt in the sixth round of last year's draft. He played in four games after being promoted from the practice squad on Nov. 30 but did not make a reception.

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