Leonard Weaver addressed the media after the Eagles announced that they signed the 27-year-old fullback to a three-year contract on the first day of free agency. Weaver, a restricted free agent, was tendered at the second-round level before agreeing to terms with the Eagles on an extension.
"I guess before I do anything I just want to give honor to God for this opportunity," Weaver said in his opening statement. "It's a blessing, a great blessing to be able to have some stability here in Philadelphia. I want to thank obviously my mother and father for their support, my children, who have been there since day one, and I also want to give a big thank you to coach Andy Reid, (general manager) Howie Roseman and obviously the owner Jeff Lurie. Those guys did a great job in putting this together and giving me the opportunity so it's a blessing to be here."
In a team-issued press release, Reid praised Weaver's unique skill set.
"Leonard proved to be a versatile player for us last year from the fullback position," said Reid. "He made plays both running and catching the football and was a reliable blocker. Plus, he is committed to donating time and energy in the community. Leonard is an All-Pro on and off the field. We are happy to have him back for the next three seasons."
"Signing Leonard Weaver back was a big priority for us heading into the offseason and we are glad to get that accomplished today," added Roseman. "Leonard played very well for us last year as a runner, receiver and blocker. He was a Pro Bowl performer on and off the field."
After signing with the Eagles as a free agent last off-season, Weaver led all NFL fullbacks in 2009 with career highs in rushing attempts (70) and yards (323), while adding a career-high four total touchdowns (two rushing, two receiving). As a result, Weaver earned his first invitation to the Pro Bowl and became the first fullback in team history to earn Associated Press first-team All Pro honors.
Check back later for a full recap of Weaver's press conference.
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 4:21 p.m., March 5