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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Eagles sign von Oelhoffen

PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles conducted five weeks of off-season camps without veteran defensive tackle Kimo von Oelhoffen, but never removed his nameplate from the locker he occupied last season at the NovaCare Complex.

With the off-season training activities complete, the Eagles officially re-signed von Oelhoffen, a Molokai High School graduate, to a one-year contract on Friday as they

made a flurry of moves to reduce the roster to 80 players, the maximum that can report to training camp.

Mark Bartelstein, the agent for von Oelhoffen, said his client received a $40,000 signing bonus and would be paid a base salary of $830,000, the minimum for a player with at least 10 years of experience.

‘‘I don’t know if I’d say the deal was in place, but I think they knew Kimo wanted to come back and we knew that they wanted him back,’’ Bartelstein said. ‘‘We knew once they got through the minicamps that we’d make a decision.’’

It’s safe to assume that von Oelhoffen, 37, a veteran of 15 NFL seasons, wasn’t heartbroken because he couldn’t be part of the off-season camps.

‘‘At this stage of his career, I don’t think he’s going to get much out of them,’’ Bartelstein said. ‘‘It saves the wear and tear on his body.’’

The Eagles signed the 6-4, 299-pound von Oelhoffen just before the start of last season after he was among the New York Jets’ final cuts, and he played in eight games.

After being inactive for eight consecutive weeks, von Oelhoffen played in the Eagles’ final five contests, finishing with four tackles, and defensive coordinator Jim Johnson was impressed.

A sixth-round selection of Cincinnati in 1994, von Oelhoffen has also played for the Bengals (1994-99), the Pittsburgh Steelers (2000-05) and the New York Jets (2006).

Von Oelhoffen has recorded 399 tackles, 26.5 sacks, three forced fumbled and seven fumble recoveries in his career.

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