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Eagles sign fifth-round pick Bloom

PHILADELPHIA (July 11, 2006) -- Two-time Olympic skier and Eagles ' fifth-round draft pick Jeremy Bloom agreed to terms on a four-year contract with Philadelphia, his agent said.

"He's going to sign the deal within the next 24 hours," Gary Wichard said.

A speedy but undersized player -- he's listed at 5-foot-9 and 172 pounds -- Bloom was a budding star in college with Colorado before his football career was put on hold. In the fall of 2004, the NCAA ruled that because he accepted endorsements to keep his equally successful career as a skier on track, Bloom couldn't be eligible for the football team.

The Eagles hope Bloom will upgrade their special teams and wide receiver corps. Bloom, the 147th overall selection, had 24 receptions for an average of 19.1 yards per catch in two seasons at Colorado. He returned 47 punts at 13.5 yards per return and 25 kickoffs at 25.1 yards per return. He had five touchdowns of 75 yards or more.

Wichard said Bloom has been working out in Arizona with Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.

After returning from a sixth-place finish at the Turin Olympics in February, Bloom went to the NFL scouting combine, where he ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash. Bloom finished ninth at the Olympics in 2002.

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