Let's get this straight: The Eagles signed defensive tackle Dan Klecko to be a fullback 10 days ago, then signed fullback Kris Wilson to play tight end yesterday.

In between, they signed linebacker Rocky Boiman to actually be a linebacker.

Truth be told, those moves were made to improve the Birds' special teams. Yesterday, for that reason, they gave Wilson a three-year deal.

Wilson, 26, was a tight end out of the University of Pittsburgh when Kansas City took him in the second round of the 2004 draft. But with Tony Gonzalez already on the roster, that certainly was not a position of need for the Chiefs.

"Some difficulty arises when you're playing behind someone of the caliber of Tony Gonzalez," Wilson said during a news conference at the NovaCare Complex. "Out in Kansas City, they were looking for ways to get me on the field. They wanted to get me onto the field, and the opportunity arose at fullback. . . . So we took advantage of it."

Wilson started 22 games at fullback the last two seasons and caught 39 passes for 312 yards and four touchdowns. In four years at Pitt as a tight end, he caught 88 passes for 1,431 yards and 15 touchdowns.

"I'm coming in here to play tight end," Wilson said. "The coaches told me I'll be working primarily at tight end. I think my skill set definitely allows for more success at tight end.

"My strengths are stretching the field, catching the ball, beating defenders one-on-one, mixing it up and blocking guys - a lot of the all-around things that tight ends do. I think at the tight-end position, you have to be a jack of all trades."

Some of Wilson's tight-end numbers at Pitt were impressive. He averaged 16.3 yards per catch and scored nine touchdowns his senior season.

If Wilson plays more at tight end than at fullback, that's probably good news for Klecko, who signed a two-year deal with the impression he was going to battle for the starting fullback job.

Matt Schobel, on the other hand, can't be feeling good about his job security. Schobel, who has spent two seasons as the Eagles' top reserve tight end, could be the odd man out at tight end with L.J. Smith and Brent Celek also returning.

Wilson, Klecko and Boiman will give the Eagles veteran presence on special teams, although the team has still not addressed its need for a quality return man.

"I play punt team. I blocked every wing on the punt team for the last two years," Wilson said. "I protected our punter's foot. I played everywhere on kickoff return. . . . I've run down on kickoff teams and helped out there."

By signing with the Eagles, Wilson is getting an opportunity to play for his favorite team as a child when he was growing up in Lancaster, where he played at J.P. McCaskey High School.

"I'm a Pennsylvania boy," he said. "I grew up in the area. I grew up an Eagles fan. The biggest thing I remember is Randall Cunningham. That was the time I was getting into football. Watching Randall, watching Fred Barnett and Keith Byars. . . . Those were the guys I looked up to. Those were the guys that I aspired to play on a level with. I used to get up Sunday morning and watch Golic's Got It."

Contact staff writer Bob Brookover at 215-854-2577 or bbrookover@phillynews.com.