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Eagles Agree To Terms With Wide Receiver Irving Fryar

March 19, 1996

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Free agent wide receiver Irving Fryar, a three-time Pro Bowl player, agreed to a three-year contract Tuesday with the Philadelphia Eagles. Terms were not disclosed.

``Irving’s been a top-flight receiver in this league for a long time and we’re happy to add him to our offensive mix,″ head coach Ray Rhodes said.

``He’s maintained the speed and toughness it takes to be a go-to receiver in this league, and he’s going to add a lot of stability and veteran leadership to our young group of receivers.″

The move reunites Fryar with cornerback Troy Vincent, whom the Eagles acquired from Dolphins on March 3.

Fryar, 33, will enter his 13th NFL season ranked 22nd on the all-time reception list with 562 catches for 8,916 yards and 57 touchdowns. He was in the Pro Bowl after the 1985, 1993 and 1994 seasons.

The first overall selection in the 1984 draft by New England, Fryar spent nine years with the Patriots before being traded to the Miami Dolphins for two draft picks on April 1, 1993.

During the past three years in Miami, the 6-foot, 200-pound Fryar was the team leader in receptions with 199 catches for 3,190 yards and 20 touchdowns.

In 1994, he caught 73 passes for 1,270 yards, both career highs. Last year, Fryar started all 16 regular-season games for Miami and caught 62 passes for 910 yards and a career-best 8 TDs.

A native of Mount Holly, N.J., Fryar played collegiate football at Nebraska.

The Eagles also announced the signing of defensive back Deral Boykin and wide receiver Khevin Pratt to one-year contracts.

Boykin, 25, is a three-year NFL veteran who has played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Washington Redskins and Los Angeles Rams. A sixth-round draft choice (149th overall) of the Rams in 1993, he has played in 33 career games and logged 15 tackles, adding 22 stops on special teams.

Pratt, 25, has had a two-year career with the Charlotte Rage of the Arena Football League, catching 86 passes for 1,417 yards and 23 TDs.

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