Philadelphia Eagles sign Canadian rugby star to fill out roster; watch his highlights
Canada’s Adam Zaruba, left, is tackled by England’s Dan Norton during their third place match of Tokyo Sevens rugby tournament in Tokyo, Sunday, April 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
The Philadelphia Eagles on Monday signed Canadian rugby star Adam Zaruba, who will play tight end, to fill out their 90-man roster.
Zaruba, 26, tried out for the Eagles on Sunday, according to Patrick Johnston of The Province, a newspaper published in British Columbia. Johnston reported that the 6-foot-5, 265-pound Zaruba has been a full-time member of Canada’s national rugby team since 2014.
Zaruba, who signed a three-year contract, faces an uphill battle to claim a spot on the Eagles’ 53-man roster for the regular season, though. The Eagles carried three tight ends last year and remain tied financially to Zach Ertz, Brent Celek and Trey Burton, who each fill specific roles for the Birds.
If the Eagles choose to keep four tight ends on the roster this fall, Zaruba would need to beat out Anthony Denham and Billy Brown to remain with the team.
Philadelphia opened its training camp Monday and will hold its first full-team practice Thursday.
Below, you can check out some of Zaruba’s rugby highlights.
Adam Zaruba’s one hand insane catch against Wales at Paris 7’s