The Eagles signed former Cowboys first round pick Felix Jones to a one-year contract on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Jones flashed great talent in 2008 and 2009, but has battled various injuries over the past few seasons and has not looked like his old self.
The 26-year-old Jones goes 5’10”, 215, and has experience as a kick returner. He becomes the team’s oldest running back and only veteran presence behind LeSean McCoy. He makes sense to add as insurance, just in case Bryce Brown’s fumbling issues persist and none of the rookie free agents work out.
Jones probably will not be handed a roster spot. McCoy and Brown are locks to make the team, and Jones will be in the mix for the #3 job. He’ll have to hold off Chris Polk and rookie free agent Miguel Maysonet to make the team, which might be tough for Jones, who has not played well in the past few seasons.
Perhaps his signing is an indication that the Eagles plan to keep four tailbacks. The Eagles will run the ball too often to be a one-back system, so the third and fourth ball carriers will only be an injury away from playing a role in the offense. Perhaps Jones will recapture his magic with Chip Kelly, but think of him as a roster bubble player rather than a first round talent for now.