The Eagles are bringing back a familiar face as they have agreed to terms with offensive lineman Mike Gibson on a two-year contract. Gibson will compete to provide the Eagles depth along the interior of the offensive line.
This is not a move that reflects on Evan Mathis and his free-agent situation. The Eagles want Mathis to return, if possible. Gibson is here to make the roster and see what happens after that.
Gibson was originally drafted by the Eagles in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft out of California. The 6 feet 3, 298-pound Gibson spent his rookie season on injured reserve after suffering a shoulder injury in the preseason. In 2009, Gibson battled for a roster spot as a backup interior lineman but ended up on the Eagles practice squad.
He was signed off of the practice squad by the Seahawks on October 21, 2009 and played at right guard in three games for Seattle. In 2010, Gibson worked his way into the starting lineup for eight of the 14 regular season games and two postseason he played. He started five regular season games at left guard and three at right guard. Both of his postseason starts came at right guard. Gibson played in three games in 2011, but was not a starter.
The Eagles have released veteran center Jamaal Jackson, traded backup tackle Winston Justice and have two other linemen - Mathis and tackle King Dunlap - who are unrestricted free agents. With Gibson's size, it will be interesting to see how, or if, he fits in with offensive line coach Howard Mudd's scheme.
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