Report: April to coach special teams in Philly


In a little bit of a surprise move, the Philadelphia Eagles reached out and grabbed special teams coach Bobby April away from several interested teams, according to a source.

April, who opted out of the final year of his contract with the Buffalo Bills, agreed to a three-year deal to be the Eagles' special teams coordinator. The Pittsburgh Steelers, along with several other teams, had expressed interest in him.

April decided to take the Eagles' offer after coach Andy Reid convinced him that he wanted to make a major commitment to a talented group of special teams players, including wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who made the Pro Bowl as a receiver and a returner.

April is considered one of the league's top special teams coaches and has won several coaching awards. This was the first major move by the Eagles this offseason.

April is expected to replace special teams coordinator Ted Daisher, who spent last season with the Eagles after coaching with the Cleveland Browns.

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