Eagles Sign Dorsey Levens


The Philadelphia Eagles added insurance at running back Friday, signing free agent Dorsey Levens to a one-year deal.

The former Packers running back met with Andy Reid and Co. days after Correll Buckhalter tore his ACL in the team's first off-season workout.

Well-versed in the West Coast offense, Levens' addition to the Eagles backfield figures to be a smooth one.

"I know what he can do," said Eagles head coach Andy Reid, who was on the Green Bay offensive staff during Levens' first five seasons. "He knows this offense very well. He can run and is also a good pass-catcher. We want to bring him in and create some added depth at the running back position."

The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Levens is a two-time 1,000-yard rusher and one of the NFL's best receivers coming out of the backfield.

In 102 career games he has carried the ball 1,006 times for 3,937 yards and 28 touchdowns, along with 271 catches for 2,079 yards and 16 touchdowns.

After a pair of knee injuries cut short his 2000 season, Levens lost his starting position to Ahman Green and was primarily used as a back-up in 2001.

So after eight years in Green Bay, Levens became a free agent when the Packers terminated his existing deal. He's now looking for something every player craves: time on the field.

"I just want an opportunity to play a little bit more," said Levens during his April visit. "In Green Bay, the situation didn't really present itself once Ahman Green came on the scene and started doing his thing.

"I don't want to play too much longer and I really don't want to sit on the bench the last couple of years of my career."

Levens is expected to back up starter Duce Staley. But he'll have competition in camp in rookie Brian Westbrook and Rod Smart.

A fifth-round draft choice of the Packers in 1994, Levens earned a Super Bowl ring with the Packers in 1996 and a Pro Bowl appearance following the 1997 season in which he ran for 1,435 yards while catching 53 passes.

Last year in Green Bay, an injury-plagued Levens had 165 yards on 44 carries. He caught another 24 passes.

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