After playing overseas in NFL Europa for three years, defensive tackle Mauricio Lopez will get his chance to prove that he can play in the NFL.
The Eagles signed the 27-year-old native of Mexico City on Monday. The 6-foot-1, 329-pound Lopez played for the Cologne Centurions this past season and recorded nine tackles (six solo) and one sack. He played for the Centurions in 2006 and appeared in one game for the Amsterdam Admirals in 2005.
Lopez was also a member of the Mexican National Team for three years. He played his college ball at Monterrey Tech in Mexico, where he helped lead his school to the 2000 and 2003 Borregos Championships.
Lopez is the easily the biggest defensive tackle on the roster, in terms of weight. Jeremy Clark, also a rookie free agent, is listed at 309 pounds, the second-biggest total on the team. Lopez will battle a mixture of veterans and young players for a spot on the 53-man roster.
The addition of the former NFL Europa player continues the overhaul at the defensive tackle spot. Since the end of last season, the Eagles traded away veteran Darwin Walker, released Sam Rayburn, signed Montae Reagor from Indianapolis and Ian Scott from Chicago and have added Clark and Lopez, both rookie free agents.