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Eagles Sign DE Bobby McCray; Release Burgess

In their quest to improve the pass rush, the Eagles have added veteran defensive end Bobby McCray, formerly of the Jacksonville Jaguars and New Orleans Saints. Defensive end Derrick Burgess was released after he played his first game of the season Tuesday night against the Minnesota Vikings.

A seven-year veteran, McCray (6-6, 260) was originally a seventh-round draft choice of Jacksonville in 2004. He spent four seasons with the Jaguars (2004-07) and two with the New Orleans Saints (2008-09), and has compiled 29.5 career sacks in 93 games (37 starts). His best season came in 2006 when he led the Jaguars with a career-high 10 sacks. He also led the Saints with six in 2008.

McCray spent the 2010 preseason with New Orleans but was released as part of the team's final roster cut down. The 29-year-old McCray is a native of Miami, FL and played collegiately at Florida, where he was an All-SEC second-team selection as a senior after amassing 107 tackles and 14.5 sacks in his career.

There's a possibility that with the third seed locked in for the Eagles and some players potentially in line for rest that McCray could play a significant period Sunday afternoon against the Dallas Cowboys.

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 12:26 p.m., December 30

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