Eagles sign CB Dwayne Gratz, LS Rick Lovato; place three players on injured reserve
The Eagles signed cornerback Dwayne Gratz and long snapper on Rick Lovato on Monday night and placed long snapper Jon Dorenbos, running back Wendell Smallwood, and tackle Matt Tobin on injured reserve.
They still have one open spot on the 53-man roster.
Gratz, 26, is in his fourth NFL season and last played for the Los Angeles Rams. He spent his first three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, starting 25 of 37 games from 2013-2015. He has 119 career tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, and one touchdown.
The Jaguars waived Gratz in October. He was immediately claimed by the Rams, who waived Gratz in November. He played three games with both teams this season.
The 5-foot-11, 199-pound Connecticut product was a 2013 third-round pick. He's a Piscataway, N.J. native who went to Piscataway High School, which also produced Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins.
The Eagles only have four cornerbacks on the roster and there is uncertainty about the future of the position, so Gratz is coming to Philadelphia at a good time.
Lovato, 24, played two games with the Green Bay Packers last season and two games with the Washington Redskins this season. He's from Middletown, N.J. and played college football at Old Dominion.