As previously noted in Bloghead, the Eagles have signed defensive end Jason Babin and middle linebacker Matt Wilhelm. Dave Spadaro made the announcement on Training Camp Live! To make room on the roster, which now officially includes wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, the Eagles released defensive tackle Jervonte Jackson, cornerback Courtney Robinson and wide receiver Marcus Thigpen.
A first round draft choice of the Houston Texans (27th overall) in 2004, the 29-year old Babin has amassed 156 total tackles, 15 sacks and forced two fumbles in his five-year career. Babin has also spent time with the Seahawks and Chiefs.
The two-time MAC Defensive Player of the Year, the 6-3, 267-pound Babin set school records at Western Michigan with 38 sacks and 75 tackles for loss. He also earned All-America honors during his senior season after posting 115 tackles, 15 sacks and 33 tackles for loss.
A fourth round selection in 2003 NFL Draft, the 6-4, 245-pound Wilhelm spent the first six seasons of his career with the San Diego Chargers and totaled 220 tackles, two sacks and six interceptions. The 28-year-old Wilhelm was released by the Chargers on July 24.
A former Ohio State Buckeye, Wilhelm made the switch from outside to inside linebacker during his sophomore season and promptly became one of the team's premier players. As a junior, Wilhelm earned the Randy Gradishar Award which is given to the team's top linebacker. He then helped lead Ohio State to a National Championship during his senior season with a career-high 121 tackles.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 1:28 p.m., August 4