Former Colts Linebacker Rocky Boiman Signs with Eagles
INDIANAPOLIS – Rocky Boiman spent the last two seasons with the Colts, playing a key role on special teams and providing veteran experience at outside linebacker.
On Monday, he joined the Philadelphia Eagles.
Boiman, a seven-year NFL veteran who joined the Colts shortly before the 2006 season, visited the Eagles on Monday and signed with the team while in Philadelphia, the Eagles' website reed Monday afternoon.
Boiman, 28, played in all 32 regular-season games for the Colts the past two seasons, solidifying the team's special teams and starting seven games this past season after injuries to the Colts' outside linebacker corps.
He finished the 2007 season with 64 tackles, 24 solos, and also had a pass defensed, a fumble recovery and two interceptions.
In two seasons with the Colts, Boiman had 81 tackles, 29 solos, and three interceptions along with a forced fumble.
Boiman, originally a fourth-round selection in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans, played collegiately at Notre Dame. He also was one of the Colts' top special teams players the past two seasons, finishing second on the team with 15 special teams tackles this past season.
He was third on the team with 17 special teams tackles in 2006.
Boiman signed with the Colts after his release from Dallas shortly after the 2006 preseason. He spent his first four seasons with the Titans before signing with the Cowboys in the offseason following the 2005 season.
Boiman was one of six Colts players to become unrestricted free agents at the start of the league year on February 29. The others were defensive end Josh Thomas, defensive tackle Dan Klecko, offensive tackle Jake Scott, wide receiver Aaron Moorehead and tight end Mike Seidman.
Scott signed as a free agent with the Tennessee Titans on March 10, and Klecko signed with the Eagles on March 17. Tight end Ben Utecht, a restricted free agent, became a member of the Cincinnati Bengals when the Colts opted not to match the Bengals' offer.
Before the start of the league year, the Colts re-signed three potential unrestricted free agents by re-signing them to long-term contracts: safety Bob Sanders, tight end Dallas Clark and offensive guard Ryan Lilja.
The team also released defensive tackle Anthony "Booger" McFarland and linebacker Rob Morris shortly before the start of the league year.
The Colts currently have seven linebackers on the roster: middle linebacker Gary Brackett (16 starts in 2007), second-year veteran outside backer Ramon Guzman, fourth-year veteran outside backer Tyjuan Hagler (seven starts), third-year veteran outside backer Freddy Keiaho (11 starts), second-year veteran outside backer Clint Session and first-year veteran Kyle Shotwell and second-year veteran Victor Worsley.