Former Colts Defensive Tackle Dan Klecko Signs with Eagles
INDIANAPOLIS - Dan Klecko made one of the biggest plays in recent Colts memory at a position he played on a part-time basis.
With his next team, he'll be playing it full-time.
Klecko, a six-year NFL veteran who spent the past two seasons with the Colts playing defensive tackle and fullback, has signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Eagles' website reed Monday afternoon.
He will compete for the Eagles' fullback position, Philadelphiaeagles.com reported.
Klecko, 28, has played mostly defensive tackle in five NFL seasons, playing fullback part-time with both New England and Indianapolis.
Klecko, who played collegiately at Temple University in Philadelphia, played his first three NFL seasons with the New England Patriots, who selected him in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played on two Super Bowl-winning teams with New England, then made one of the key plays for the Colts during their run to the Super Bowl title following the 2006 season.
Playing fullback, Klecko caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Colts quarterback Peyton Manning with four minutes remaining in the third quarter of the AFC Championship Game. The play helped tied the game, 21-21, after the Colts had trailed 21-3 in the first half.
Indianapolis won the game, 38-34.
Klecko played in eight games as a reserve for the Colts this past season, making seven tackles and registering one sack. He did not play in the team's postseason game against San Diego.
For his career, he has four regular-season receptions for 20 yards and a touchdown, which came in the Colts' 2006 regular-season finale against Miami.
Klecko 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, offensive guard Jake Scott, linebacker Rocky Boiman, wide receiver Aaron Moorehead and tight end Mike Seidman.
Scott signed as a free agent with the Tennessee Titans on March 10.
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.