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Raiders sign ex-Eagles DE Burgess

The Oakland Raiders signed free-agent defensive end Derrick Burgess.

ALAMEDA, Calif. (March 12, 2005) -- The Oakland Raiders signed free-agent defensive end Derrick Burgess.

Burgess started 11 games for Philadelphia last season and had 10 tackles and three sacks during the Eagles' playoff run.

"I'm ecstatic and proud to have the opportunity to wear the Silver & Black," Burgess said. "I'm joining a quality organization in the Raiders with a great tradition and history."

Burgess, 6-foot-2 and 265 pounds, spent his first four NFL seasons with the Eagles, who selected him in the third round of the 2001 draft.

He has played in 29 regular-season games with 15 starts, recording 96 tackles -- 53 solos -- and 8½ sacks. He missed the last four games last season with various injuries before returning for the playoffs.

"We're excited to add a veteran performer of Derrick's caliber to the Raiders roster," coach Norv Turner said. "Derrick is an extremely athletic player who can have an impact for our football team."

The Associated Press News Service

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