The Eagles reached into the Canadian Football League on Tuesday to add to their depth at running back. They signed Martell Mallett, who spent the 2009 season as a member of the CFL's BC Lions, where he rushed for 1,280 yards and six touchdowns on 214 carries (5.8-yard average), adding 43 receptions for 342 yards and two touchdowns. The 6-0, 210-pound Mallett was named to the West Division All-Star team and also earned the 2009 CFL Most Outstanding Rookie award.
The 23-year-old Mallett played collegiately at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, where he rushed for 2,896 yards and 27 touchdowns in his four-year career. The Pine Bluff, Arkansas native earned first-team all-SWAC honors as a senior in 2008.
What does it mean? It means that Mallett obviously impressed the Eagles enough in a recent workout to earn a contract. He comes into a position that already has Brian Westbrook, LeSean McCoy and Eldra Buckley. Is he good enough to make the team?
Check back in the spring and summer for that answer.
- -- Posted by Dave Spadaro, 3:32 p.m., January 19*