The Philadelphia Eagles have claimed defensive end Jake Metz off waivers from the Buffalo Bills, according to Field Yates of ESPN. For Metz, it’s a homecoming, as he returns to the City of Brotherly Love, where he was once a member of the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League.
Metz was also a member of the Eagles in 2016. He made it four days before he was released from his first NFL team, then chose to head overseas and play in the China Arena Football League for the Qingdao Clipper.
He signed with the Buffalo Bills in April before they released him on Tuesday. He was quickly taken by Philadelphia, returning to the team that gave him his first NFL opportunity.
A native of Souderton, Pa., Metz went on to play collegiately for Division II Shippensburg University, in Shippensburg, Pa.
Philadelphia attempted to shore up its pass rush during the April draft, selecting defensive end Derek Barnett in the first round with the 14th overall pick. The team’s first three picks were all defensive players.
The Eagles wrap up their preseason slate on Thursday against the New York Jets, entering the game with a 2-1 record in August.
Philadelphia is less than two weeks away from its regular-season opener on the road against the Washington Redskins on Sept. 10. The Eagles open with two straight games on the road, where it went 1-7 in 2016.