The Eagles announced on Tuesday afternoon that they had signed defensive tackle Derek Landri to a one-year contract. Landri will take the place of Antonio Dixon, who was placed on the injured reserve list after suffering a triceps injury against the 49ers. Landri will wear No. 94.
The 28-year-old Landri (6-2, 290) spent the 2011 preseason with the Eagles, but was released as part of the team's final roster cutdown. He is entering his fifth NFL season after spending the first four years of his career in Jacksonville (2007-09) and Carolina (2009-10). Landri started all 16 games for the Panthers in 2010, posting 43 tackles and three sacks after being acquired by the team off waivers from Jacksonville on December 4, 2009.
While with the Jaguars in 2007, Landri recorded a sack and an interception of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in an AFC Wild Card playoff game at Pittsburgh. He also recovered a fumble in the final moments of the contest to seal the win.
Originally a fifth-round draft pick of the Jaguars in 2007, Landri starred at Notre Dame as a nose guard, recording 10.5 sacks and 161 tackles. The Concord, Calif., native attended De LaSalle High School, where he was a teammate of Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew.
Landri was initially signed by the Eagles on August 3 and spent the preseason with the team. He accounted for a pair of sacks in the preseason and merited strong consideration for making the team's 53-man roster, but was released in the final roster cutdown. Landri has been in the league for five seasons (three in Jacksonville, two in Carolina) and started all 16 games last season for the Panthers.
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