The Philadelphia Eagles have signed LB Rashad Jeanty to a one-year contract.
Jeanty, who worked out for the Eagles last week, also worked out for the Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks, a source confirmed. Jeanty's final decision came down to the Jets and Eagles, but he chose the Eagles because they offered him a better chance to start.
Jeanty, who is known in scouting circles for his toughness, physicality and smarts, should be given a chance to compete for the starting strong-side linebacker job with the Eagles. Jeanty figures to also compete for a job on special teams since he's strong in that area. The Eagles had interest in signing him last year, as well.
The 27-year-old Jeanty played in 53 games (32 starts) as an outside linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2006-09, recording 215 tackles. In 2008, Jeanty posted a career-high 97 tackles as he started 15 regular-season games and earned the team’s Ed Block Courage Award from his teammates.
Jeanty (6-foot-2, 243 pounds) led the Bengals with 14 special teams tackles in 2009 but suffered a fractured fibula on the opening kickoff of an AFC wild-card game vs. the Jets. That injury forced him to miss the entire 2010 season as he rehabilitated.
From 2003-05, Jeanty played for Edmonton in the Canadian Football League as a defensive end. He posted 49 tackles and five sacks for the Eskimos in 2004.
A product of Carol City High School in Miami, Jeanty starred at Central Florida, logging 9.5 sacks and 137 tackles in 22 games. He was a college teammate of Eagles CB Asante Samuel.