Aug. 30, 2004 wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- Defensive end Hugh Douglas is returning to Philadelphia after a one-year hiatus.


Douglas agreed to a one-year contract for just under $1 million on Monday, the same day he was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Incentives could make the deal worth as much as $3.4 million, said his agent, Drew Rosenhaus.

"Hugh desperately wanted to come back to Philadelphia," Rosenhaus said.

"He didn't want to waste any time. He's looking forward to getting back to the fans he loves so much."

The Eagles, who confirmed the signing late Monday, lost starting defensive end N.D. Kalu to a season-ending knee injury two weeks ago and Rosenhaus said Douglas hopes to fill that void.

"With the injury to N.D. Kalu, he's got a great opportunity to fill a hole," Rosenhaus said.

Hugh Douglas and the Eagles are happy to renew their vows.(Getty Images)
In his last season with the Eagles, Douglas collected 12 1/2 sacks, then parlayed that into a five-year, $27 million free-agent contract with the Jaguars that included a $6 million signing bonus. But things didn't work out in Jacksonville, and Douglas was cut after getting just 31 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks last year.

During his time in Philadelphia, Douglas anchored one of the league's top defenses, and the Eagles hope he can provide stability and depth this time around.

He is the second former Pro Bowler to return to the team this season. Jeremiah Trotter, who left the team to sign a free agent contract with the Washington Redskins after the 2001 season, re-signed with the team following his release this offseason.

Rosenhaus said Douglas is excited about the opportunity to return to Philadelphia and play with old friends and new additions, particularly defensive end Jevon Kearse, who signed as a free agent in the offseason.

"He knows he's going to have some great guys to play with," Rosenhaus said. "He's going to make some new friends and see some old friends."

Team spokesman Derrick Boyko said Douglas will be welcomed back to the locker room with open arms.

"The locker room was buzzing today with the anticipation of getting him back," Boyko said.

Rosenhaus said Douglas will fly to Philadelphia on Tuesday to sign the contract.

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