Free agent defensive back E.J. Biggers isn't the only player the Eagles signed on Tuesday. The team also announced a one-year contract for free agent wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu. According to Jimmy Kempski, it's a minimum contract.
Ajirotutu, whose full name is pronounced Shay-EE Ah-JEER-uh-too-too, is a 27-year-old pass catcher with five years of NFL experience. The 6-3, 211 pound receiver originally signed with the San Diego Chargers in 2010 after going undrafted out of Fresno State.
Ajirotutu has made two starts in 57 career games played. He's only been targeted 45 times for 24 receptions, 420 yards, and three touchdowns. He is also a big special teams contributor. He led the Chargers in special teams tackles the past two seasons.
Chip Kelly really values special teams so it's not a surprise to see the team sign Ajirotutu. The Eagles are also thin at wide receiver so depth was needed as well. It seems safe to say Ajirotutu will replace Brad Smith, who is still a free agent.
With Ajirotutu in the fold, the Eagles now have seven receivers under contract: Jordan Matthews, Josh Huff, Riley Cooper, Miles Austin, Quron Pratt, Will Muprhy, and Ajirotutu. Jeff Maehl is an exclusive-rights free agent. The Eagles are still expected to invest in the wide receiver position during the 2015 NFL Draft.