DT Ian Scott Signs with Eagles

Defensive tackle Ian Scott, a free-agent target of the Vikings in March, signed with the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday.

The Vikings lost out on another free agent to the Philadelphia Eagles. Wide receiver Kevin Curtis signed with the Eagles after visiting the Vikings and other teams early in the free agency period, and now the Eagles have signed defensive tackle Ian Scott to a one-year contract.

The Vikings visited with Scott in March, and yesterday he visited the New England Patriots. After visiting with the Eagles today, he signed a contract with them.

Scott (6-2, 302) started in all three playoff games for the Chicago Bears in 2006, including Super Bowl 41. In 18 games (including playoffs) last season, Scott registered 41 tackles, four tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.

The Vikings were looking to acquire him for depth behind Pro Bowler Pat Williams and Kevin Williams.

Asked about his role if Scott signed with the Vikings, Childress in late March said: "Inside guy who arguably had his best years with (Vikings defensive line coach) Karl Dunbar in Chicago. You kind of cut out the unknowns from the standpoint of work ethic, skill and ability you see on tape."

Scott has missed only five games in the last three years, and in that timeframe he has accumulated 66 tackles and two sacks. He started seven games for the Bears last year, 13 in 2005 and the final 13 of 2004.

Originally a fourth-round draft choice of the Bears in 2003, Scott has started in all four playoff games the Bears have played in since drafting him.

A three-year defensive tackle at Florida, Scott decided to enter the NFL draft following his junior season after posting 57 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, and one sack. He also earned second-team All-SEC honors as a sophomore.

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