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Eagles Ink Pro Bowl Punter McBriar

Veteran punter is expected to push 2nd-year punter Chas Henry at training camp

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    NEWSLETTERS

    The Eagles have a punting controversy.

    On Wednesday morning the Birds announced that they signed two-time Pro Bowl punter Mat McBriar to a one-year deal.

    McBriar is expected to push second-year punter Chas Henry who struggled during his rookie campaign averaging just 42.9 yards per punt while landing 28.8 percent of his 66 punts inside the 20.

    McBriar has averaged 45.3 yards per punt and 35.4 percent of his nearly 500 career pooches have landed inside the 20.

    CSNPhilly.com describes why McBriar became expandable for Dallas:

    McBriar, 33, spent his entire eight-year career with the Cowboys before becoming a free agent after last season. He averaged 45 yards or better five times. In NFL history, only Lechler has had more career seasons averaging 45-plus, with a minimum of 60 punts.

    Last Oct. 23 McBriar suffered an injury to his left (plant) foot during a game against the Rams and the injury bothered him the rest of the year. He averaged just 43.8 yards per punt, only 20th-best in the NFL and his lowest since 2005 (but still higher than Chas Henry), and went on injured reserve before the final game of the season.

    The Eagles must make a roster move by 4 p.m. to make room for McBriar.