Former Temple star Dan Klecko, who has been a defensive lineman, linebacker and fullback over five NFL seasons, will try to make the 2008 Eagles as a fullback.

The Birds are expected to announce today that they have signed Klecko, 27, to a 1-year deal. He will compete with Jason Davis, who spent the 2007 season on the Eagles practice squad, for the position that formerly belonged to Thomas Tapeh. The Eagles didn't try to retain Tapeh, who signed with the Vikings as a free agent.

Klecko, a fourth-round Patriots draft choice in 2003, has played on three Super Bowl-winning teams, the first two with New England, then Super Bowl XLI, with Indianapolis, the team he joined after the Patriots waived him in September 2006. Klecko has been out of the NFL since the Colts waived him last Nov. 17. At 5-11, 275, he is small for a defensive tackle, big for a linebacker or fullback. Klecko has never been a full-time fullback, though he caught a touchdown pass in the AFC title game that got the Colts to the Super Bowl. Klecko has played a lot on special teams, something the Eagles want in the player they settle on as Tapeh's replacement.

Klecko's father, Joe Klecko, also starred at Temple and was a Pro Bowl defensive end for the Jets, before ending his career with the Colts. *

- Les Bowen