John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported that the Eagles are one of 15 teams reaching out to Casey, but that the Philadelphia will be the veteran’s first visit. ESPN's Dan Graziano added that the Eagles and Casey are "closing in on a deal."
Casey, 29, was drafted by the Texans in the fifth round of the 2009 draft, and became the team’s starting fullback in 2011. A versatile player, Casey appears to be a great fit in head coach Chip Kelly’s new offense. In Houston, Casey also lined up as a receiver and recorded 34 receptions for 330 yards and three touchdowns last season.
A talented athlete, Casey (6-3, 240) was drafted by Major League Baseball's Chicago White Sox in 2003 and played in the minor leagues for three years before retiring to play football. He attended Rice University, and in 2008 caught 111 passes for 1,329 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also rushed 57 times for 241 yards and six touchdowns that season.
In 2012, Casey was named to USA Today’s All-Joe Team, which shines the spotlight on players who excel despite not being household names.
The Eagles are also reportedly interested in two former 49ers defensive linemen, Isaac Sopoaga and Ricky Jean Francois.
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