The Eagles made a couple moves that will affect their special teams today, re-signing safety Colt Anderson and long-snapper Jon Dorenbos.
“We are excited Jon and Colt will remain members of our team,” said Eagles general manager Howie Roseman in a statement. “These are two players who bring not only ability but a great amount of character to their respective positions. We anticipate they’ll both continue to have a strong impact as leaders on special teams. Coach [Chip] Kelly and I spoke about both players throughout the past several weeks and we both thought it was important for our club moving forward that we get a deal done with Jon and Colt before they hit the free agent market.”
Anderson is the Birds’ best special-teams player. He led the Eagles with 166 special-teams points (tracked by coaches), even though he missed a pair of games as he recovered from a torn ACL suffered late in the 2011 season. He was the first man down on coverage 34 times, second on the team to only Brandon Hughes.
Anderson also started four games at safety and had some nice moments, especially against the run. He showed he was capable of filling in as a backup when necessary The 27-year-old inked a one-year deal.
Dorenbos, meanwhile, signed a four-year deal. He joined the team in 2006 and has appeared in 101 games for the Eagles. Prior to landing in Philadelphia, Dorenbos had stops in Buffalo and Tennessee. He turns 33 in July.