PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- The Philadelphia Eagles Wednesday signed center Hank Fraley to a five-year contract, locking up their starting offensive line through at least the 2004 season.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Fraley, eligible to become a restricted free agent at season's end, is in his second year as the anchor of the Eagles' line. He took over the position when incumbent starter Bubba Miller suffered a season-ending knee injury in the 2001 preseason finale.
Fraley, 25, originally signed as a rookie free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers after the 2000 draft, but was released and later claimed off waivers by the Eagles. He was deactivated for all 16 regular season and both postseason contests in 2000 before being elevated to replace Miller.
With the signing of the 6-2, 300-pound Fraley, the Eagles have their entire offensive line under contract for at least the next few years.
Left tackle Tra Thomas and left guard John Welbourn are signed through 2008, right tackle Jon Runyan is signed through 2005, and right guard Jermane Mayberry is inked through 2004.