PHILADELPHIA - The Eagles added yet another player Friday in their ongoing quest to revamp their roster.
Wide receiver Arrelious Benn, acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay, became the ninth player to join the team in the last four days.
The Eagles got Benn and a seventh-round selection in next month's NFL draft from the Buccaneers in exchange for a sixth-round pick this year and a conditional pick in 2014.
Benn, 24, follows linebacker Connor Barwin, tight end/fullback James Casey, safety Patrick Chung, cornerback Bradley Fletcher, linebacker James Phillips, safety Kenny Phillips, defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga and cornerback Cary Williams as players who have joined the Eagles since Tuesday. The other players were all signed as free agents.
"We're going into this as a family," Williams said Friday at the NovaCare Complex. "We all want to be successful. That's the one thing I got from just seven, eight, however many guys that signed here. I think Coach (Chip) Kelly sees that in each and every one of us, and that's why we're here today."
Like some of the other players, Benn is considered a risk because of injury issues.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder has the potential to bring some much-needed size to the Eagles'receiving corps but played in just eight games last season. He spent the second half of the season on injured reserve with his second knee injury since the Bucs made him a second-round draft pick in 2010.
Benn, who is also a kickoff returner, has 59 career receptions for 852 yards and five touchdowns. He had his best season in 2011, catching 30 passes for 441 yards and three TDs.
Of all the new players, Kenny Phillips could have the toughest time making the adjustment to playing for the Eagles. He spent the previous five seasons with the New York Giants and considered the Eagles to be among the Giants' most bitter rivals.
"I never thought I'd be sitting here as an Eagle," Phillips said Friday with a laugh. "It's definitely weird. When I was with the Giants, I kind of disliked the Eagles. That's what you were taught as a Giant. But even though I didn't like them, I respected them and enjoyed playing against them."
Williams also has a brief history with the Eagles.
Last season, during the Eagles' 24-23 victory over the Ravens at Lincoln Financial Field, Williams got into a heated exchange with Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
"It's football," Williams said Friday. "That was two guys that were trying to help their team win. We were frustrated at the time. It was a close game. It was a battle. And it was a hard-fought game between us two. But I think that situation is behind me. I think DeSean will welcome me with open arms. I think this organization believes in me, and I look forward to building relationships with my teammates."
Building a relationship with the fans may prove to be a little tougher.
Williams said that he patterned his game after that of Nnamdi Asomugha. A standout cornerback with Oakland before signing with the Eagles, Asomugha was released earlier this week after two disappointing seasons in Philadelphia.
"He didn't have much success here, but I don't plan on going down that path," Williams said. "I know he had some troubles this year and I know it was difficult for him, but he was just a guy I happened to like because he was a top player in Oakland. So if you take me as a joke, you take me as a joke. I don't care. I'm here to help my team win games."
While some of the players will need time to get to know their new teammates, Barwin shouldn't have much trouble.
While with the Houston Texans, he was teammates with Casey and current Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans. He also played with Eagles tight end Brent Celek and center Jason Kelce at the University of Cincinnati. Eagles defensive end Trent Cole also played for the Bobcats.
"Jason kind of recruited me over the summer and I was Brent's backup at tight end for two years before they moved me to defense," Barwin said Friday. "It's very strange because there are probably only one or two other guys from Cincinnati in the entire NFL and we have a bunch here now.
"I'm looking forward to it. I thought I was going to be back with Houston, but Philadelphia is the right place for me to be. I know they have a huge fan base, and with all the weapons Coach Kelly has here, I'm very excited."
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