Return to Philly?

A player who starred on a Philadelphia-based football team might be on his way back in town. Find out who the Eagle's latest target in free agency might be inside.

The Eagles are looking to bolster their defense by possibly adding another player with Super Bowl experience on his resume.

After making a splash on the first day of free agency by signing All-Pro cornerback Asante Samuel, who has two championships rings with the New England Patriots,'s Ed Thompson told Warnest that the Eagles will bring unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Dan Klecko to Philadelphia for a tryout.

Klecko, a six-year veteran, earned Super Bowl rings with the Patriots in 2003 and 2004 and got more championship jewelry with the Colts in 2006. While he is listed as a defensive tackle, Klecko has shown great versatility throughout his career. On defense, he has 42 tackles and three sacks in his career, but Klecko has been used on the other side of the ball many times, lining up as a fullback in goal line situations for the Patriots and even catching a touchdown pass in the 2006 AFC Championship game with the Colts.

If he signs with the Eagles, it will not be Klecko's first time playing football in Philadelphia. The former fourth-round pick played for Temple University during his collegiate career and was the Big East Defensive Player of the Year during his senior season in 2002.

Klecko's father, Joe, was an All-American defensive lineman at Temple (1973-76) and played in the NFL as an All-Pro with the New York Jets, and later with the Colts.

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