Eagles Sign Rugby Star Zaruba as TE Prospect
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - The Eagles signed former Canadian rugby star Adam Zaruba as a tight end prospect Monday afternoon.
Coach Doug Pederson spoke about the tryout Zaruba received after practice but did not commit to anything.
"He had a workout," Pederson said. "Which we continue to do. We continue to bring guys in, work them out and see where they're at. And that's about all right now."
The workout must have gone well because Zaruba, 6-foot-5 and 260 pounder, was rewarded with the standard three-year deal an undrafted free agent would be furnished.
Prior to signing with Philadelphia, Zaruba toiled for Team Canada in the Rugby Sevens Series. He had an opportunity to play football in college at the Division II level but went the rugby route.
Zaruba will obviously be coming in as a very raw player but his triangle measurements for the tight end position are off the charts.
The Eagles seem set as far as the 53-man roster goes with Zach Ertz, Brent Celek, and Trey Burton but would like more competition because the other prospects on hand -- Anthony Denham and Billy Brown -- failed to push the incumbents enough in the offseason.
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