PHILADELPHIA–The Philadelphia Eagles added a veteran running back to the mix today as they signed running back Felix Jones to a one-year deal. To make room on the 90-man roster, the team released wide receiver Marvin McNutt.
A former first-round selection (22nd overall) of the Dallas Cowboys in 2008, Jones (5-10, 215) has rushed for 2,728 yards and 11 touchdowns on 569 carries (4.8 avg.), while adding 127 receptions for 1,062 yards and three touchdowns through the air during his five-year NFL career. In 2012, Jones, 26, appeared in all 16 contests (seven starts) for the Cowboys and notched 402 yards and three touchdowns on 111 carries, while adding 25 receptions for 262 yards and two touchdowns. He enjoyed his best season in 2010 as part of a three-headed rushing attack in Dallas along with running backs Marion Barber and Tashard Choice, gaining 800 yards and one score on the ground while hauling in 48 receptions for 450 yards and one touchdown.
A three-time All-SEC selection at Arkansas, Jones amassed 5,099 career all-purpose yards for the Razorbacks, joining Darren McFadden (5,881) as the only players in school history to crack 5,000 career all-purpose yards. Jones started 11 of his 38 career games in Fayetteville, totaling 2,956 yards and 20 touchdowns on 286 carries. His 7.7 career yards per carry average ranked second only to Glen Davis (8.3 at Army from 1943-46) in NCAA history. The 2007 SEC Special Teams Player of the Year, he averaged 29.6 yards per return and scored two touchdowns as a junior, while climbing to ninth in NCAA history in career return average (28.2).
A native of Tulsa, Okla., Jones starred at Booker T. Washington High School where he was named the Tulsa World Player of the Year following his senior season, after rushing for 2,282 yards and 48 touchdowns on 205 carries (11.1 avg.).