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Eagles Sign Pritchett to 4-Yr. Deal

March 9, 2000

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Free agent Stanley Pritchett and the Philadelphia Eagles agreed today to a four-year contract.

The Eagles had been looking at Pritchett as a possible replacement for free agent Kevin Turner, expected to retire after a series of neck and back injuries, or as a backup to star running back Duce Staley.

``I definitely think the West Coast offense is suited to my talent. I can bring a lot of things to the team,″ Pritchett said. ``The fullback and the tight end in this offense are very important.″

The 26-year-old Pritchett spent his first four NFL seasons with the Miami Dolphins. In 52 career games and 40 starts, he has caught 98 career passes for 798 yards and six touchdowns. He rushed 63 times for 211 yards and one touchdown.

Pritchett said the Dolphins did not tell him outright that they were uninterested in keeping him, but that he felt it was ``time to get away.″

The 6-foot-1, 240-pound fullback is expected to compete with second-year back Cecil Martin for a starting spot.

The deal reunites Pritchett and Staley, who played together at the University of South Carolina.

``I haven’t talked to Duce yet,″ Pritchett said. ``I’m sure he’s excited. I know I’m excited.″

Pritchett visited the Eagles on Monday, becoming the first free agent to visit the Eagles since the team signed former Tennessee right tackle Jon Runyan to a $30.5 million, six-year contract Feb. 14.

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