The Philadelphia Inquirer and ESPN's John Clayton are reporting that the Philadelphia Eagles have signed Leonard Weaver to a one-year deal, according to his agent Harold Lewis. Terms of deal have not been disclosed, but Clayton is reporting according to a source the deal will pay Weaver $1.75 million, but also has incentives that could sweeten the deal to $2.5 million.
Weaver had interest in his services from the Eagles, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Houston and Seattle. Philadelphia was rumored to have backed off last week, but pulled the trigger on a deal today.
Here's an excerpt from the Inquirer.
The agent said his client had also received interest and even multi-year offers from other teams. Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Houston and Seattle had all expressed interest, Lewis said, but the agent and Weaver decided the Eagles were the best fit.
"When you look at the Eagles' fullback situation, they haven't had a true fullback since Jon Ritchie," Lewis said. "Leonard is not a one-dimensional fullback. He's a guy who can catch the ball, run the ball and block. He's a perfect fit for that offense. This is a team that was one game away from playing in the Super Bowl and a guy like Leonard might make the difference. That's why he chose Philadelphia."
The Seahawks apparently were unwilling to sweeten the pot to re-sign Weaver. Now that the talented fullback has moved on, the Seahawks would appear likely to sign Raiders free agent fullback Justin Griffith, who already visited Seattle and is familiar with offensive coordinator Greg Knapp's offense from his time in Oakland.
During the offseason last year the Seahawks signed Weaver to a one-year tender of $1.417 million, which Weaver and his agent Lewis looked at as an opportunity to earn a long-term deal this offseason. Now with another one-year deal, Weaver will be in the same situation again in 2010.