Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Eagles made a change
in their kicking game on Monday, releasing punter Mat McBriar and agreeing to
terms with punter Donnie Jones.
McBriar, who was signed to a one-year pact by the Birds last July, averaged
46.5 yards per kick on 55 punts in 13 games last season.
Prior to that, he'd spent the past eight seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and
posted a net average of 38.4 yards per punt.
A two-time Pro Bowl selection, the 33-year-old Australian native led the
league in punting average in both 2006 and 2010.
"Jones has one of the strongest legs in the entire NFL and we're excited we
had a chance to sign him," said Eagles general manager Howie Roseman. "McBriar
battled back from a tough injury situation to punt very well last year. We
wish Mat and his family all the best."
Jones is entering his 10th pro season, having been taken by the Seattle
Seahawks out of LSU in the seventh round of the 2004 draft.
The 32-year-old punted the ball 88 times for an average of 47.2 yards per
punt, with no blocks and only one returned for a score in 16 games with the
Over 134 games with Seattle, Miami, St. Louis and Houston, Jones has averaged
45.6 yards per kick.
The Sports Network