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Decorated Army vet joins Eagles

PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles signed former Army ranger Alejandro Villanueva to a rookie free agent contract on Monday.

The 6-foot-9, 277-pound defensive lineman spent the past four years as an active member of the U.S. Army. He served three tours in Afghanistan and last played football as a wide receiver at Army in 2009.

The Eagles scouted Villanueva at a super regional combine last month in Detroit.

Villanueva was recently promoted to captain. The 25-year-old has earned many honors for his service, including the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, among others. He grew up in Spain and didn't play football until his family moved to Belgium.

Bengals: Cornerback Leon Hall said he is happy with his recovery from a torn Achilles tendon and expects to be ready for training camp in July. Hall joined teammates for a voluntary workout on Monday. The 29-year-old has torn both Achilles tendons in the past three years; he tore the right one Oct. 20 at Detroit.

Broncos: They signed fourth-year defensive tackle Marvin Austin, a former second-round draft pick of the Giants.

Patriots: Former Saints defensive end Will Smith signed as a free agent.

Panthers: Offensive tackle Bryron Bell signed his one-year tender for 2014 for a guaranteed $2.187 million.

Decorated Army vet joins Eagles 05/05/14 [Last modified: Monday, May 5, 2014 10:07pm]

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