NFL: Eagles swoop to land running back Jones

The Philadelphia Eagles have signed the former Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones on a one-year deal and the 26-year-old has told NFL betting newsreporters that he is excited about the prospect of starting a new chapter in his career.

Jones’ star was in the ascendancy three years ago and he scored a superb touchdown for the Cowboys in a 34-14 victory over Philadelphia, but his stock has diminished in the last few years.

Dallas had selected Jones 22nd overall in the first round of the 2008 draft after he had played college football for the University of Arkansas but his time with the Cowboys was primarily a disappointment.

He endured a succession of injuries and fell behind DeMarco Murray in the Cowboys’ pecking order before drifting into free agency this offseason.

Betting NFL markets also suggested the Bengals and the Patriots were also interested in signing him, but Jones eventually opted to join the Eagles.

“Things just didn’t go right, as far as the injuries and things, but you know, that’s how the game is. You’ve got to keep pushing on, keep moving,” said Jones after penning the one-year deal with Philadelphia.

“Things don’t happen the way you plan them. I’m just happy to be here, I’m excited about the opportunity.”

Jones’ statistics pinpoint his fall from grace as his yards per carry fell from 4.5 in 2011 to 3.6 in 2012 while, as a rookie, his kickoff return average was a 27.1 yards, only for that to slip to 21.5 yards last season.

He missed the whole of the 2012 offseason workouts because of shoulder surgery and, despite featuring in all 16 games for the Cowboys, failed to impress, appearing to be slower than in previous years.

To make room for Jones, the Eagles have released wideout Marvin McNutt, who was a 2012 sixth-round pick from Iowa.

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