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Eagles Welcome Back Baskett For A Visit

After trading one veteran wide receiver earlier in the week, the Eagles welcome back Hank Baskett, who will arrive in Philadelphia for a visit with the team.

The 6-4, 220-pound Baskett was originally signed by the Minnesota Vikings as a rookie free agent in 2006 out of New Mexico. The Eagles acquired him in a trade shortly thereafter and Baskett shined in training camp to make the team. In his four-year NFL career, Baskett has 76 catches for 1,080 yards and six touchdowns. Baskett was the Eagles' Special Teams MVP in 2007 and owns three of the top 10 longest pass plays in team history.

Baskett was released by the Eagles last season after the Week 1 win in Carolina. Baskett was caught in a numbers crunch as the Eagles were put in a bind because they wanted to put Michael vick on the active roster and had to add another quarterback since Donovan McNabb fractured his ribs against Carolina.

The Eagles had six receivers at the time and Baskett was the one who was let go. He didn't last on the street very long as he was signed by the Indianapolis Colts where he was part of the nearly-unbeaten team that won the AFC Championship. He caught just four passes for 28 yards last season for the Colts as he primarily played on special teams.

Baskett was supposed to be a restricted free agent this off-season, but he wasn't tendered a one-year offer by the Colts. The Eagles traded Reggie Brown earlier this week to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a 2011 draft pick.

In addition to his contributions on the field, Baskett devoted a lot of his free time to charitable work off the field during his first tenure with the Eagles. In 2007, he was the team spokesman for the NFL community-based "What Moves U?" program designed to motivate children to be more physically active.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 5:20 p.m., March 11

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