Philadelphia Eagles sign Soul defensive end Jake Metz

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Just a week after winning the Arena Football Championship with the Philadelphia Soul, Jake Metz has signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. (WPVI)

Just a week after winning the Arena Football League World Championship with the Philadelphia Soul, Jake Metz has signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.



The Souderton High School grad is a 6'6 defensive end.

Metz led the Soul with eight sacks this past season.

It was a season that culminated with an Arena Bowl Championship this past Friday.



He will play as an Eagle Thursday against the Jets.

"It's amazing. I grew up here in Philadelphia so to win a ring with the Soul and be able to play with the team of my dreams the next couple of days is amazing. I'm on cloud nine right now. It's awesome," Metz told reporters Tuesday.



"I love his length and size. He's got good athleticism. He's coming right off of a championship season, so he's in shape and ready to go. With [DE] Alex McCalister going down, we needed some depth there and he gives us that rotation that we're looking for up front," Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said.

The city is holding a championship rally for the Philadelphia Soul on Wednesday.
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