The Philadelphia Eagles reportedly will sign defensive end Phillip Hunt to a three-year deal. Hunt currently plays for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League, and led the league with 16 sacks in 2010.
Playing his college ball in the University of Houston, Hunt went undrafted in 2009 and “took his talents” to the CFL. His recent success north of the border also caught the eyes of the Houston Texans and Minnesota Vikings, but it looks like he will land in Philadelphia for the 2011 season… if there is one.
It’s an interesting move by the Eagles, and it will likely be an affordable risk for a team undergoing a near-complete overhaul on the defensive side of the ball. If signed, Hunt will be under the tutelage of new defensive line coach Jim Washburn.
Washburn’s reputation as a d-line coach in his 12 years with the Tennessee Titans continues to follow him. If there’s anyone to learn from as Hunt makes his transition from the CFL to the NFL, it’s likely the experienced and respected Washburn.
Diamond in the rough? Probably not. But it seems worth the shot. An example to support that thesis would be the success story of 2010 Pro-Bowler Cameron Wake. Adam Caplan of FOX Sports elaborates:
Miami Dolphins second-year OLB Cameron Wake was a former two-time CFL player of the year. He finished third in the NFL this season with 14-1/2 sacks and was selected to the Pro Bowl.
You never know, folks.