Good news for the Philly Phaithful, the Eagles wasted little time bringing back DE Juqua Thomas, who signed a 5-year contract with the Birds (terms undisclosed as I write this). If you've been following the Eagles off-season you'll know that beyond the two big offensive names (Garcia and Stallworth) loomed two key defensive players.
Andy Reid tipped his hat weeks ago, when he said he didn't want to lose a guy like Juqua...Keeping the high-revving DE obviously was the Birds #1 priority heading into free agency.
They why wasn't he signed earlier, like Quintin Mikell, he was with the Birds afterall. Well, there was an odd stipulation in Juqua's contract that stated he could NOT resign with the Eagles until the formal beginning of free agency. I think his agent probably wanted it that way, to ensure that his client would formally become a free agent. A bit of gamesmanship that probably helped a little bit.