Wide receiver Tiger Jones is already part of a Philadelphia team, but the veteran of Arena Football’s Soul is reportedly set to join the Eagles for Training Camp later this month. According to Ed Barkowitz of Philly’s Daily News, the 30-year-old pass catcher has been invited to attend camp practice sessions and will eventually be added to the club’s offseason roster. Per the report, Jones, who leads the AFL in receiving yardage this season; has opted to sit out of his team’s playoff run for the chance to compete as a member of the Eagles in the coming weeks.
“When you put in this much work, spend three to four months with these guys and set goals for the team, it’s hard not to see it through to the finish line,” Jones reportedly said of his time with the Soul. “It’s definitely bittersweet [to join the Eagles], but you can’t pass up an opportunity like this. They don’t come around like this every day, especially in the arena league. A lot of NFL [personnel] guys look at us like we can’t make the transition. For them to give me a shot says something.”
Jones, 5-foot-11, went undrafted out of Louisville in 2004 and kicked off a career in the Arena Football League after failing to catch on with the Redskins as a rookie free agent signing. Several years after participating in Washington’s rookie minicamp, he joined the Georgia Force of the AFL. In 2010, Jones appeared for the Milwaukee franchise of the developmental AF2 league before emerging as an evident deep threat with Arena Football’s Dallas Vigilantes. With Philadelphia’s own Soul this year, Jones reportedly hauled in more than 2,000 yards and 47 touchdowns–totals that put him among the top three wideouts in the league–while helping his team to a 13-3 record and playoff berth.
At 30 years old with no NFL experience, Jones would appear to be a surefire longshot to make the Eagles’ final roster, although one might assume the team has some hope for the veteran as a result of its sudden interest in the receiver. With DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, and Jason Avant all but assured spots atop the WR depth chart and both Riley Cooper and Marvin McNutt not far behind; there doesn’t appear to be much room for another pass catcher, though an intense competition is shaping up for the fifth or sixth spots. Jones is expected to fight with the likes of Ronald Johnson, Mardy Gilyard, and Damaris Johnson once Training Camp kicks off in roughly two weeks.