Eagles agree to deal with FB Weaver
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
The Philadelphia Eagles haven't utilized the fullback position much in recent years, but that may change soon. According to a report from ESPN.com's John Clayton, the Eagles have agreed to terms with former Seahawks fullback Leonard Weaver on a one-year, $1.75 million contract.
Weaver will speak with reporters via conference call in about 20 minutes and he'll be in Philadelphia for a formal annoucement at noon Saturday. The Vikings, Bucs and Seahawks were all interested in the 26-year-old fullback, but from the start, he reportedly had a desire to be with the Eagles. Clayton indicated that Weaver took less money in Philly because he truly wanted to play for the organization.
He's averaged close to 30 carries per season over the past couple years and he's also been effective in the passing game at times. Weaver's a major upgrade over the Dan Klecko experiment. I don't think you'll see Weaver on the field for 50 percent of the snaps -- as he was in Seattle -- but he'll see plenty of action. The Eagles have struggled mightily in short yardage situations, and Weaver's a guy who can help them in that area.
NFC West blogger Mike Sando covered Weaver in Seattle and he thinks the fullback will be a better fit for the Eagles. Weaver's one of the better fullbacks in the NFC, but it's not a position where you can make killing in free agency. This probably isn't the sort of firepower that Donovan McNabb's been craving, but Weaver will certainly help.