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Eagles keep DE Douglas in fold

Veteran defensive end Hugh Douglas agreed to a one-year deal with Philadelphia...

PHILADELPHIA (March 3, 2005) -- Veteran defensive end Hugh Douglas agreed to a one-year deal with Philadelphia, becoming the second Eagles free agent to remain with the club.

"It was really important for me to be back with this group of guys here in Philadelphia," Douglas said in a statement. "This is a special place to play, there's no question about that."

A strong presence in the locker room, Douglas spent five seasons with the Eagles -- going to the Pro Bowl three times -- before signing a big free-agent deal with Jacksonville, which cut him following a disappointing 2003 season. The 33-year-old Douglas returned to the Eagles last year.

Douglas battled injuries last season, recording 19 tackles and three sacks in spot duty as the backup to free agent Derrick Burgess.

"We're happy with the valuable contributions that Hugh brings to this team on and off the field," coach Andy Reid said. "We look for Hugh to continue to add depth to our defensive line rotation."

Douglas has 80 career sacks, tied for fourth along with Miami's Jason Taylor among active players.

Running back Correll Buckhalter, who has lost two of the past three seasons to knee injuries, re-signed with the team March 2.

The Associated Press News Service

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