The Philadelphia Eagles have signed former Philadelphia Soul defensive lineman Jake Metz. Metz led the Arena Football League with seven sacks in 2016.
He was also a big part of the team’s win in ArenaBowl XXIX, stripping Arizona Rattlers quarterback Nick Davila of the football when the Rattlers were making a comeback in the game. The Soul would go on to win their second title in franchise history.
Metz, along with Soul teammate Darius Reynolds, worked out for the Eagles Monday after taking the weekend off to celebrate their ArenaBowl XXIX win. Metz was drafted by the Qingdao Clipper of the Chinese Arena Football League in the inaugural CAFL Draft back on June 10.
He is also the second Arena Football League player to be signed by an NFL team. Cleveland Gladiators defensive back Joe Powell signed with the New York Giants a few weeks ago. The NFL season kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 8.