General manager Howie Roseman and the Eagles' personnel department are so happy to have Jim Washburn on board that they got the new defensive line coach a welcome-to-Philadelphia present in the form of the Canadian Football League's top pass rusher.
Phillip Hunt, who led the CFL with 16 sacks in 2010 (four more than the next-best CFL sack artist), has signed a three-year deal with the Eagles after working out for and receiving interest from at least four other NFL teams, according to FoxSports' Adam Caplan.
Hunt, who was Conference USA's defensive player of the year as a senior at the University of Houston, went undrafted in 2009 and spent a short time that summer with the Cleveland Browns before making the the move north of the border. He recorded three sacks as a rookie with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers before breaking out in a big way in 2010.
According to Caplan, Hunt also worked out for the Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, Houston Texans and Minnesota Vikings. Hunt joins a group of defensive ends that includes Pro Bowler Trent Cole, Juqua Parker, Brandon Graham, Darryl Tapp and Daniel Te'o-Nesheim.
There is a record of success for dominant CFL pass rusher succeeding in the NFL, with the obvious high-bar template of Cameron Wake, who went from being the CFL's defensive player of the year to a Pro Bowl appearance for the Miami Dolphins this season when he notched 14.0 sacks. Like Wake, Hunt is undersized at 6-0, 248, though Wake is a 3-4 outside linebacker for the Dolphins. Hunt will no doubt have his work cut out for him to make an impact with the Eagles, but another "fastball," as Andy Reid likes to call pass rushers, can always help.