By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: January 4th, 2014 at 11:09 pm EST
Broderick Bunkley used to call Lincoln Financial Field home.
Yet, tonight, Bunkley has returned to the same field as a member of the New Orleans Saints. This is the first time that he’s been back since leaving the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010.
Bunkley was drafted in the first round of the 2006 NFL draft by Eagles with the 14th overall draft pick.
He would then sign a six year deal in his rookie contract with the Eagles after missing a month of training camp. As a rookie, he would play sparingly.
Yet, in 2007, he was the Eagles starting defensive tackle in the Eagles 4-3 defense. He started alongside Mike Patterson, who is now with the New York Giants.
He would start every game in 2007, 2008, and 2009 before playing just five games with the Eagles in 2010. He suffered an injury that would cause him to miss the rest of the season.
In the off-season, the Eagles attempted to trade him to the Cleveland Browns. But Bunkley failed a physical, so the trade fell through. The Eagles then would trade him to the Denver Broncos, where he played the 2011 season.
After just one season there, he would sign a five-year, $25 million dollar deal with the Saints. Last season, the Eagles faced the Saints in the Mercedes-Benz SuperDome, and the Saints won that game.
Yet, it would take the Saints making the playoffs, along with the Eagles winning the NFC East, for Bunkley to return to Lincoln Financial Field.
Since leaving the Eagles, his teams are a perfect 1-0 against the Eagles. There’s still time left to see if the Saints will lose this game.