The Eagles added some pieces to their off-season roster on Monday when they signed wide receivers Jordan Norwood and Dobson Collins and center A.Q. Shipley each to three-year contracts.
Two of the names should sound familiar. Norwood and Collins ended the 2009 season on the Eagles' practice squad. Norwood spent most of the year on the Eagles' practice squad, but was signed to the active roster for one week and played in the win over Atlanta. The 5-11, 176-pound Norwood was a four-year letterman at Penn State, where finished his collegiate career with 158 receptions for 2,015 yards and 13 touchdowns. He joined the NFL as a rookie free agent signing of the Browns.
Collins was originally signed after last year's draft by the 49ers as a rookie free agent. He joined the Eagles' practice squad on Oct. 22 after being released from San Francisco's practice squad. A two-sport standout at Gardener-Webb, Collins was a two-time All-Big South selection as a receiver and punter returner. In 42 games (22 starts), he totaled 143 receptions, 1,754 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Shipley was a former teammate of Norwood's at Penn State. A seventh-round pick of the Steelers last year, Shipley spent his entire rookie campaign on their practice squad. Shipley earned All-America honors as a senior in 2008 and was also the recipient of the Rimington Trophy, which is awarded annually to the nation's best collegiate center. He was a three-year starter for the Nittany Lions.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 5:04 p.m., January 11