The Eagles dove into the free agent market Monday, signing veteran right guard/tackle Jake Scott to a one-year contract. Now in his ninth season, Scott spent four years with offensive line coach Howard Mudd in Indianapolis before joining the Titans as a free agent in 2008. To make room for Scott, the Eagles have released offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde.
The 6'5, 295 pound Scott has been incredibly durable throughout his career. He started 121 consecutive regular season games and nine postseason games between 2005 and 2011. Scott also provides the Eagles with versatility, as he has started three games at tackle in his career. Pro Football Focus ranked Scott as the fourth-best right guard in the NFL last season.
Recent injuries along the offensive line have taken their toll on the Eagles. Of the five Eagles offensive linemen projected to start at the beginning of the season, only one started against the Cowboys on Sunday. Center Jason Kelce and right tackle Todd Herremans have been placed on Injured Reserve, while left tackle Jason Peters is on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list.
Scott joins defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins as one of two players on the Eagles' roster with a Super Bowl win. Scott started every game during the Colts' 2006 championship season. The Lewiston, Idaho native was drafted by the Colts in the fifth round (141st overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft.
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