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Eagles sign Moffitt to one-year deal

Story first posted on examiner.com on June 29, 2015.

After ending the dysfunctional marriage between the Philadelphia Eagles and offensive guard Evan Mathis earlier this month, the birds had a hole on the offensive line to fill.

They may have done that today.

The Eagles announced this afternoon that they signed offensive guard John Moffitt to a one-year deal.

The deal was rumored to have been in the works, pending a physical, as early as June 25 and was first reported by Russ Jones of FoxSports.com.

Moffitt, 28, just returned to the NFL from a one-year retirement, after reportedly cleaning up his life. He cleared waivers last week after reinstating himself and was free to sign with any team.

The former third-round pick back in 2011 by the Seattle Seahawks has a bit of a checkered past. During his rookie season, he was suspended four games for using performance-enhancing drugs. In March of 2014 he was arrested and charged for drug possession and battery.

The former Wisconsin Badger started 15 games over two seasons for Seattle before being traded to the Denver Broncos in 2013. Moffitt was active for two games with the Broncos, but never played a snap. He then retired in November.

After the aforementioned release of Mathis, coupled with the departure of long-time Eagles Todd Herremans, the Eagles had open spots on the offensive line. Moffitt is not the sure-fire starter or fit, but he will be added to the cast that is sure to battle for the starting gigs. Hopefully Moffitt can do that and keep his troubles in his past, but would Chip Kelly sign someone that wasn’t clean? That certainly doesn’t seem like it would fit in the ‘culture.’

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