Is Phillip Hunt the next Cameron Wake, a CFL star able to make the transition to the NFL?
The Eagles might be willing to take a chance to find out.
Adam Caplan of FOXSports.com reported on Thursday night that the Eagles are one of three teams interested in Hunt, who led the CFL with 16 sacks this past season.
The 6-1, 248-pound Hunt was not drafted out of the University of Houston in 2009. He signed with the Browns, but was released in the preseason. He went north to Canada and had three sacks in his rookie season.
According to Caplan, the Eagles worked out Hunt back in December. If the Eagles want to sign Hunt, they must do so by Tuesday because the option on his contract with Winnipeg is picked up the following day.
Wake spent two seasons in the CFL and accounted for 39 sacks while earning the league's defensive player of the year award twice. He signed with the Dolphins in 2009 and this past season was third in the league with 14.0 sacks. Wake was named a starter to the AFC Pro Bowl team and also earned All-Pro honors.
Last offseason, the Eagles signed running back Martell Mallett who was the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie of the Year in 2009. Mallett had two stints on the Eagles' practice squad and another on the Browns' practice squad during the 2010 season.
UPDATE: Caplan reported Friday morning that Hunt is expected to take a physical with the Eagles today and sign with the team.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 12:20 a.m., February 11