Eagles, Herremans agree to contract extension

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles signed offensive tackle Todd Herremans on Tuesday to a three-year contract extension through 2016.

Herremans, 29, started all 16 games in 2011 at tackle, after primarily playing guard during his first six seasons in Philadelphia. A fourth-round selection in 2005 out of Saginaw Valley State, Herremans is the second longest-tenured member of the Philadelphia offense, having played in 95 games.

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Herremans was part of an Eagles offense that set a franchise record in 2011 with 6,386 total yards, a season after it set a team record with 439 total points. He has also scored two touchdowns in his career, the first from Donovan McNabb at Seattle in 2008 and the other from Michael Vick at Dallas in 2010.

Last season, as Philadelphia finished 8-8, the offensive line paved the way for LeSean McCoy's career year. The running back scored a team-record 20 touchdowns, including 17 on the ground. The line also allowed only 32 sacks in 2011.

"We are excited to be able to sign Todd to a new contract," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "Todd's intelligence, toughness, durability, and leadership are second to none. Very few players in the NFL can play at an extremely high level at both the guard and tackle positions, and Todd has done that for us.

"He has been a big part of the success of our offense over the last several years."

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

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