The Philadelphia Eagles are signing running back Matt Jones, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The 25-year-old Jones left an impression on the Eagles when he rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries (8.4 average) against them in 2016 while with the Washington Redskins. The former third-round pick out of Florida flashed at times during his two seasons in Washington, but dealt with some fumbling issues and was unable to secure a consistent role.
The Indianapolis Colts picked him up on waivers following his release in September. Jones (6-foot-2, 239 pounds) spent part of the season on the Colts' practice squad and appeared in just five games last year, finishing with 14 yards on five carries.
He joins a crowded Eagles backfield currently led by Jay Ajayi, Corey Clement and the recently re-signed Darren Sproles. Donnel Pumphrey, a fourth-round pick in last year's draft, and Wendell Smallwood are competing for spots on the 53-man roster, and the Eagles are also rumored to have eyes for rookie undrafted free agent Josh Adams out of Notre Dame.
The good news for Jones is that the Eagles picked him after working out multiple running backs this week, a group that reportedly included former Baltimore Raven Terrance West.
But he'll have to prove himself this summer in order to overcome the numbers game and find a spot on the Eagles' roster.