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Birds Bring Back Burgess



    The Eagles pulled a page out of the Phillies book and brought back a former player Tuesday but the Eagles signing doesn’t quite live up to the hype of Cliff Lee wearing red pinstripes again.

    In the spirit of Jeremiah Trotter and Hugh Douglass, another Super Bowl Birds player is returning to the nest. The Eagles signed 32-year-old Derrick Burgess to fill the void left by injured DE Brandon Graham.

    Burgess was a third-round draft pick of the Eagles in 2001 and went on to tally an impressive six sacks during his rookie season.

    But the 6-foot-2, 255-pounder missed the next two seasons due to injury before returning to play for the Eagles 2004 Super Bowl team.

    After that season Burgess moved on to Oakland where he earned back-to-back Pro-Bowl selections in 2005 and 2006. He even led the NFL with 16 sacks in 05.

    The Greenbelt, Md. Native last played for the Patriots in 2009. In total he has recorded 301 tackles, 52 sacks and seven forced fumbles in 101 career games.

    Graham, the Philies No. 1 pick this season, blew out his knee during Sunday night's win over the Cowboys.