Eagles bolster defense, signing ex-Colt Reagor

Updated: March 21, 2007, 5:24 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

The Philadelphia Eagles strengthened an already deep defensive tackle corps late Wednesday, signing unrestricted free agent Montae Reagor, who missed most of the 2006 after an October automobile accident.

An eight-year veteran, Reagor was released by the Indianapolis Colts earlier this month in part for salary cap reasons and also because the team was uncertain of his recovery. Reagor, 29, had played the past four seasons in Indianapolis after spending four years in Denver.

Montae Reagor
Reagor

"I haven't been able to work out for awhile, but physically I'm starting to get back to working out, just getting to where I need to be physically," Reagor told reporters.

Reagor, who visited with Philadelphia officials Tuesday, signed a three-year, $8.3 million contract. He joins a defensive tackle contingent that already includes starters Mike Patterson and Darwin Walker and backups Sam Rayburn and Brodrick Bunkley.

It is unlikely the Eagles can carry that many tackles on their roster during the season, so the addition of Reagor could result in another move.

A starter in each of his three previous seasons with the Colts, Reagor suffered facial and head injuries in one-vehicle accident on Oct. 22, just hours before Indianapolis' home game against the Washington Redskins. He underwent surgery and, while the initial hope was that Reagor might return late in the season, the severity of his injuries precluded that.

The Colts placed Reagor on the non-football injury list in November, ending his season. He finished the year having appeared in five games and registering 10 tackles and one sack. He began visiting the team's complex late in the season and accompanied the club for all of its postseason games, including Super Bowl XLI, but was ineligible for the playoffs.

Even after the Colts released Reagor, there was speculation the team would re-sign him to a lesser contract, but that wasn't the case.

The former Texas Tech standout does not possess great bulk but is stronger than his size (6-feet-3, 285 pounds), and his quickness should fit well with the Philadelphia scheme. Reagor has 213 tackles, 16 sacks, four forced fumbles and seven recoveries.

Originally a second-round pick of the Broncos in the 1999 draft, he played four seasons in Denver, mostly as a backup, and then signed with the Colts as an unrestricted free agent in 2003. Reagor has appeared in 92 games and started 46.

Eagles general manager Tom Heckert said the injuries Reagor suffered in the accident weren't a concern.

"He's been relatively healthy," Heckert said. "He told me last night he had one knee scope, and that was it. The face -- that's not a problem at all."

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.