NFL Combine: Part of deep corner class, Chidobe Awuzie gets to meet idol Brian Dawkins

NFL Combine: Part of deep corner class, Chidobe Awuzie gets to meet idol Brian Dawkins

INDIANAPOLIS -- This entire week was a pretty big thrill for Colorado cornerback Chidobe Awuzie. But one thing in particular really stood out.

He got to meet Brian Dawkins.

As a part of his front office role with the Eagles, Dawkins is in Indianapolis for the combine and has even been sitting in on some player interviews. Awuzie spotted his childhood hero in the hallway of the convention center and introduced himself.

"It was really cool," Awuzie said. "He was one of the guys that made me love football."

There's a pretty fair shot Awuzie, likely to be a third or fourth-round pick, got to see Dawkins again on Sunday night when he had a formal interview with the Eagles. Apparently, Dawkins has been sitting in on some of the formal interviews. There are 330 prospects at the combine, but teams are allowed just 60 15-minute formal interviews.

Awuzie said he thinks the Eagles' scheme would fit him well because the Buffs played a lot of press-man.

"Playing for an organization like Philadelphia would be great," he said. "I looked up to Brian Dawkins when I was a little kid. He was one of the first players that really inspired me to play football and be great. Yeah, it'd be great."

This offseason the Eagles are in desperate need of quality cornerbacks. The good news for them is that this draft class is incredibly deep at the position. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock thinks teams will be able to find starters deep into the middle rounds.

So it wouldn’t be crazy to see the Eagles leave the draft with two corners.

The Eagles will probably really like Awuzie's versatility, a trait the team seems to really value in its defensive backs. Awuzie played outside corner, nickel corner and both safeties positions while at Colorado.

"Teams really don't know what to put me at right now, and that's great for me because I really don't want to be limited," he said. "I'm just a ballplayer. That's been great that I can kind of be a jack of all trades for teams." 

While playing a bunch of different positions at Colorado, Awuzie has been a body chameleon. He's played as light as 185 pounds and as heavy at 205. He prides himself on remaining the same physical player despite the weight fluctuation. He said he doesn't have an ideal weight; it just depends on whatever a team asks him to do. 

Awuzie was originally going to compete at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, in January but a lingering turf toe injury needed more time to heal. He's going to do every drill in Indy.   

"I want to show teams I can play anywhere. I'm versatile," he said. "I have experience playing corner, nickel, both safety positions. I feel like that speaks to my football knowledge. So just getting into my interviews and stuff like that, that's really what I want to show them."

Eagles withdraw all but 1 rule proposal for owners meetings

Eagles withdraw all but 1 rule proposal for owners meetings

As the annual NFL meetings get set to kick off next week, the Eagles originally proposed four playing rule changes and a resolution that could have eventually led to bringing back Kelly green uniforms as an alternate option. 

But after getting feedback from the NFL's competition committee, the Eagles are withdrawing all but one proposal, according to league sources. 

The only one left would prohibit players from leaping over the line of scrimmage on kicking plays. For now, players are allowed to leap line as long as they don't make contact. That proposal, which the NFLPA has previously supported, seems likely to pass. 

That means the other three playing rule changes and the proposal to allow teams to wear helmets that would match their alternative jerseys won't be specifically discussed. 

Translation: No Kelly green jerseys yet. 

Among the 15 proposed playing rule changes the league released on Friday, teams were responsible for seven of them and the Eagles accounted for four of the seven. 

Just because a specific proposal won't be directly discussed, it doesn't mean that topic won't be discussed by the committee in Phoenix during next week's annual league meetings. 

For instance, one of the Eagles' proposals would alter the current replay system. While the Eagles' individual proposal won't be discussed, replays will be a topic of discussion during the meetings.

NFL Notes: Bears sign Mark Sanchez to 1-year deal

NFL Notes: Bears sign Mark Sanchez to 1-year deal

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears have signed quarterback Mark Sanchez, who is expected to back up Mike Glennon next season.

The Bears announced the one-year contract Friday. Chicago is coming off a season in which it went 3-13 and finished last in the NFC North.

The Bears cut quarterback Jay Cutler this month after eight seasons and the next day signed Glennon of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a three-year deal.

Sanchez played in two games last season with the Dallas Cowboys, throwing for 93 yards on 10 of 18 attempts. He spent five of his eight seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets before going to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The former Southern California star has appeared in six playoff games. He was selected fifth overall in the 2009 draft.

Redskins: WR Brian Quick signs
WASHINGTON -- The Washington Redskins have signed former Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brian Quick.

The team announced the deal Friday morning after agent Patrick Dye posted a photo of Quick signing his contract on SportsTrust Advisors' verified Twitter account.

The signing adds depth to the Redskins' receiving corps after they lost DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in free agency.

Quick, 27, is 6-foot-5 and gives Washington another tall option along with recently signed receiver Terrelle Pryor. Quick had 41 catches for 564 yards and three touchdowns last season with the Rams.

The 33rd pick in the 2012 draft, Quick has 105 catches for 1,499 yards and 10 touchdowns in 67 games over five seasons with the Rams. He missed part of the 2014 season with a shoulder injury.

Panthers: Jonathan Stewart signs extension
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Panthers have signed veteran running back Jonathan Stewart to a one-year contract extension, keeping him with the team through the 2018 season.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed Friday.

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman says the 30-year-old Stewart "is still playing at a very high level."

Stewart played in 13 games last season for Carolina and ran for 824 yards with nine touchdowns. He averaged 3.8 yards per carry.

Gettleman isn't worried about Stewart's durability, even though the team's former first-round draft pick has not played in a full 16-game season since 2011 and has missed 24 games the past five seasons with injuries.

Stewart, entering his 10th season, is Carolina's second all-time leading rusher with 6,638 yards and has scored 45 touchdowns rushing and six receivin

Colts: release veteran DT Arthur Jones
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts released defensive tackle Arthur Jones on Friday.

A six-year veteran, Jones was scheduled to cost the team $7.35 million next season. Indianapolis will save $5 million under the salary cap with the move.

Jones did his best work while with Baltimore from 2010-14. He then signed a five-year contract for a total value of $33 million with the Colts, but struggled in Indy. He appeared in 17 games and managed only 1 1-2 sacks and 53 tackles for the Colts.

He was plagued by a series of injuries and also served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancers.

Jones, 30, did not play in 2015 because of an ankle injury. He played in eight games last season, with 15 tackles.