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Patriots acquire WR Greg Lewis from Eagles

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WR Greg Lewis. AP Photo

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots acquired veteran wide receiver Greg Lewis from the Philadelphia Eagles today. The Patriots also received an undisclosed 2010 draft selection from the Eagles and sent an undisclosed 2009 draft choice to Philadelphia.

Lewis, 29, is a veteran of six NFL seasons, all with the Eagles (2003-08). The 6-foot, 180-pound wide receiver has played in 90 career games with 23 starts and has recorded 127 receptions for 1,699 yards (13.4 avg.) and seven touchdowns while also recording 41 special teams tackles. Lewis has appeared in nine playoff games and has caught nine passes for 180 yards (20.0 avg.) and a touchdown in those contests.

Lewis was originally signed by the Eagles as an undrafted rookie free agent from of the University of Illinois in the Spring of 2003. As a rookie, he played in 11 games and made 11 special teams tackles in addition to six receptions for 95 yards. In 2004, he played in all 16 regular-season games and recorded a career-high 15 special teams tackles while catching 17 passes for 183 yards. He emerged as a key contributor in the 2004 playoffs as the Eagles advanced to Super Bowl XXXIX against the Patriots, leading the team with 182 playoff receiving yards while catching eight passes. In the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XXXIX, he scored his first career touchdown, a 30-yard scoring pass from Donovan McNabb to cut the Patriots' lead to 24-21. In 2005, he started every game for the Eagles and set career highs in receptions (48) and receiving yards (561). His 48 catches ranked third on the team in 2005. In 2006, he played in all 16 regular-season games with three starts and grabbed 24 passes for 348 yards and two touchdowns. He had a career high three touchdown receptions in 2007 while catching 13 passes for 265 yards. On Nov. 25, 2007 against the Patriots, Lewis caught a career-high two touchdown passes while recording a then-career best 88 receiving yards on four catches (all third-down conversions). Last season, Lewis played in every game for Philadelphia and caught 19 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown. He had his first career 100-yard receiving game (five catches for 104 yards) in the 2008 regular-season opener against St. Louis.

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