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News: ESPN: Buckhalter Re-Signs

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    Friday, April 30, 2004


    By Len Pasquarelli
    ESPN.com

    Restricted free agent Correll Buckhalter, arguably the best pure insider runner among the Philadelphia Eagles tailback corps, has re-signed with the team.


    The three-year veteran signed a one-year contract for $628,000, equal to the amount of the qualifying offer the team made Buckhalter in early March to retain the right of first refusal on him. Three-year veteran linebacker Keith Adams, a standout special teams player for the Eagles, also signed a one-year, $628,000 contract.


    Retaining the hard-running Buckhalter was a key for Philadelphia, which lost tailback Duce Staley to Pittsburgh as an unrestricted free agent. The return of Buckhalter, which was considered a formality when he registered little interest in free agency, provides the Eagles with a proven backup to Brian Westbrook.


    Westbrook, who started eight games in 2003, finished the season on injured reserve with a torn triceps but led the Eagles in rushing, with 613 yards.


    Buckhalter, 25, started five games in '03, carrying 126 times for 542 yards and scoring eight times on the ground. He also added 10 catches for 133 yards and a touchdown. If he does not sign an extension, Buckhalter would be eligible for unrestricted free agency next spring and would likely generate solid interest from other teams.


    The former Nebraska star was a fourth-round pick in the 2001 draft and rushed for 586 yards as a rookie. But he tore the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee during a non-contact drill at a mini-camp in the spring of 2002, and missed the entire season.


    In his two healthy seasons, Buckhalter has 255 rushing attempts for 1,128 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also has 23 receptions for 263 yards and one touchdown.


    Adams, 24, was signed off waivers in 2002 and has been one of Philadelphia's standout performers on kickoff and punt coverage units.


    Len Pasquarelli is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

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