UPDATE: The Eagles have announced the move, with Burgess agreeing to a 2-year deal.


In keeping with the Phils' back-to-the-future vibe, the Eagles will sign former defensive end Derrick Burgess today, a source close to the situation confirmed. Burgess is one of the only success stories among players who have left the Birds in free agency, leading the league in sacks with the Oakland Raiders, having left the Eagles following the 2004 Super Bowl season.

One of Burgess's best moments came against current Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, in the NFC Championship Game that led to the Super Bowl appearance. Burgess played a key role in containing Vick as the Eagles defeated the Falcons, 27-10.

With Oakland, Burgess made two consecutive Pro Bowl berths after registering back-to-back double-digit sack seasons (16 in 2005, 11 in 2006). He appeared in 56 games (52 starts) in four seasons with Oakland (2005-08), posting 170 tackles, 38.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Burgess, 32, was traded to the New England Patriots in 2009 and went on to play in all 16 games (six starts) that season, finishing with 35 tackles, five sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He spent the 2010 preseason with the Patriots but was released prior to the start of the regular season.

Burgess played in 29 games (15 starts) with the Eagles, recording 96 tackles and 8.5 sacks. In addition, his four career sacks in six playoff games rank tied for first in Eagles postseason history with Hugh Douglas and Reggie White.

He will replace first-round rookie Brandon Graham, who is headed for IR with an ACL tear.

It will be interesting to see how much of a role Burgess plays -- if he is active on gameday ahead of third-round rookie Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, for example. Te'o-Nesheim would have to be considered the underachiever of this large and productive Eagles rookie class.