The Philadelphia Eagles announced that they had agreed to terms with free agent punter Mat McBriar on a one-year contract on Wednesday. The team also announced the release of defensive back Kee-ayre Griffin.
McBriar worked out for the Eagles along with several other punters on Monday. Griffin, a cornerback from Temple, was signed by Philadelphia on Sunday. He was released from the roster to make room for the newly signed punter.
McBriar is coming off an injury to his plant foot which hindered him last season for the Dallas Cowboys. In 2011, McBriar had an average of 43.8 yards (net, 36.7) on his punts and 21 of them landed inside the 20 (36.2%) while 12.1% of his punts ended up being touchbacks. McBriar, a two-time All-Pro (2006, 2010), is also a holder on field goals and will compete with Chas Henry for the starting job. Henry had an average of 42.9 yards (net, 36.9) on his punts as a rookie last season. He landed 28.8% of his punts inside the 20 while 13.6% went for touchbacks.
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