As expected, the Philadelphia Eagles signed Canadian Football League DE Phillip Hunt to a three-year contract. He passed the team physical on Friday then signed his deal.
Hunt, who worked out for the Eagles, also worked out for the Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots during the 2010 regular season.
The window for NFL teams to sign CFL players expires on Feb. 15. The option on Hunt’s contract expires on the same day. The CFL free agency period starts on Feb. 16.
Hunt, who posted 19 sacks over the past two seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, went unselected in the 2009 NFL Draft. He signed with the Browns a few days after the draft, but was waived during the preseason. He later signed with the Blue Bombers in September of that year. He was the CFL’s top pass rusher during the 2010 season with 16 sacks.
A four-year letterman at the University of Houston, Hunt finished his career as the school’s all-time leader in sacks (34) while earning all-conference selections in three consecutive seasons from 2006-08. Hunt also garnered 2008 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year honors after leading the conference in sacks (14) and tackles for a loss (18.5).
The 25-year-old Hunt is a native of Fort Worth, TX, and was a two-time all-district selection at Dunbar High School.
The Eagles are hoping the defensive lineman is the latest sack artist to come out of the league north of the border might have similar success to another one from the past.
Miami Dolphins second-year OLB Cameron Wake was a former two-time CFL player of the year. He finished third in the NFL this season with 14-1/2 sacks and was selected to the Pro Bowl.
A source said the determining factors for Hunt to sign with the Eagles were two-fold; the chance to play in a 4-3 defense again and the opportunity to play for defensive line coach Jim Washburn.