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Thursday, March 12, 2009
The Eagles hire a new Baker

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

 Baker

On Wednesday, the Philadelphia Eagles took another step toward bolstering their depth at safety by agreeing to a one-year deal with former Oakland Raider Rashad Baker. Some of you will recall that it was Baker who had the game-sealing interception in the Raiders' season-ending upset of the Bucs, which of course put the Eagles in position to claim a playoff spot.

Eagles players and management reached out to Baker via text later that evening, and on Wednesday they made him part of the organization. At 27, Baker has also spent time in the Bills, Patriots and Vikings organizations. He was an undrafted free-agent rookie out of Tennessee when he signed with Buffalo in 2004, but now he's coming home. Baker grew up in nearby Camden, N.J.

"I haven't been this close to home in about eight years, when I left to go to the University of Tennessee," Baker told Les Bowen of the Daily News. "It feels great -- playoff, championship-bound team every year. I feel great about it ... I like the versatility of the defense, and I look forward to being a part of it."

The team will now wait to see what Donovan McNabb thinks of the signing.