We took Mat McBriar’s workout for the Cowboys at Valley Ranch on Tuesday as a sign that the two-time Pro Bowl punter might return to Dallas after all, but a reunion between the two sides wasn’t in the cards. ESPN Dallas reports today that McBriar has signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, who hosted the Australian at a workout on Monday.
With less than a week before training camp opens in Oxnard, Ca., the Cowboys have two punters on their roster: Chris Jones and Delbert Alvarado.
As a rookie in 2011 Jones replaced McBriar when the veteran went on injured reserve with a nerve issue in his plant leg, and performed well enough for the Cowboys to show some serious interest in bringing him back in 2012. Alvarado is a South Florida product and veteran of the UFL who almost made the team after a tryout back in May, only to be signed by Dallas a month later.
Meanwhile, McBriar comes to Philadelphia with an impressive track record. In his nine seasons with Dallas, he posted a gross average of 45.3 yards, a net average of 38.1 and 175 punts inside opponents’ 20-yard line--all franchise records.
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