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The Eagles have re-signed WR Hank Baskett, who last played with the team in training camp in 2009 before being let go as one of the final cuts.

Baskett spent most of last season with the Colts, where he became known as a Super Bowl goat for not recovering an onsides kick that shifted momentum to the Saints to start the second half. Despite that, Baskett was a key special-teamer for the Colts all season.

With the Eagles, Baskett will have a chance to rejoin the WR rotation and help new coordinator Bobby April’s return and coverage units.

“I’m glad we had a chance to get Hank back in Philadelphia,” head coach Andy Reid said. “Not only has he proven himself to be a productive receiver, but he also does a solid job on special teams. He’s a team player and his main focus has and always will be on helping his team win games. On top of all that, he’s a quality person.”

The Eagles’ coaches wanted to keep Baskett last year but were forced to cut him following the emergence of sixth-round WR Brandon Gibson, who later was traded to the Rams for LB Will Witherspoon.

“Hank adds solid depth to our wide receiving group, plus is a productive special-teams player,” general manager Howie Roseman said. “He is a good teammate and obviously is a positive influence in the locker room and is a high-character person. We’re excited about welcoming he and his family back to the Eagles.”

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