Originally created 02/12/99

Eagles re-sign Mamula to four-year deal

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles re-signed defensive end Mike Mamula to a four-year contract worth between $11 million and $12 million plus incentives.

Mamula 25, missed all of last season injuring his knee in the second exhibition game.

He was the seventh pick of the 1995 draft but never recorded more than eight sacks in a season.

But Tom Modrak, the Eagles' director of football operations, said Thursday that the team looked at all the available pass-rushing ends, "and Mike has as much ability as any of the guys who are in that group."

Mamula started 45 games during his first three NFL seasons before suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament and torn cartilage in his right knee during the Eagles' second preseason game against Pittsburgh.

Modrak said Mamula will be ready in time for training camp this summer.

"His progress, his rehabilitation, has been very positive ... He's been great, he's worked extremely hard. He seems to have a better appreciation of what football means to him. Mike's hungry," Modrak said.

Mamula, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on Friday, said he's gratified that the team has offered him another chance.

"It let's me know this organization wants me to be here. And I want to be here. This is my home. I'm getting married in June and want to start a family here," Mamula said.

Mamula will be paired with defensive end Hugh Douglas, who had 12« sacks last season and was one of the few bright spots on an otherwise dismal team.

The Eagles also announced the signing of fourth-year linebacker Dana Howard.


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