Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Linebacker Omar Gaither signed

his one-year $1.226 million second-round level tender Wednesday.
That leaves offensive linemen Nick Cole and Max Jean-Gilles, and punter Sav Rocca as the team's only unsigned restrictred free agents.
Gaither is coming off surgery for a Lisfranc sprain.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

McNabb issues to be addressed today at 5 o'clock

on Comcast SportsNet by myself and other esteemed panelists.
Also veterans Chris Gocong (LB) and Ellis Hobbs (CB) signed their one-year tenders Tuesday.
Hobbs was tendered at  $2.621 million, the first round level for a veteran with five accrued seasons. The Eagles would get a first round pick if they decline to match offers for Hobbs before April 15.
Gocong was tendered at $1.176 million, the draft round level for a player with four seasons. The Eagles would be entitled to a third-round pick if they decline to match an offer for Gocong before April 15.
As for McNabb ...
The Raiders may be in the hunt, as reports suggest. Traditionally their denials are an affirmation of interest.
Are they the most serious player? Hardly.
Is Buffalo a worse landing spot?

Friday, March 26, 2010

Favre keeps McNabb waiting

Donovan McNabb's alleged interest in playing for the Vikings won't coax Brett Favre into speeding up his decision to return or not to return to the team in 2010.
So says ESPN's Ed Werder, citing a Vikings source.
If McNabb prefers the Vikings over the Bills and the Raiders, who appear to have the most interest in his services, he's barking up the wrong tree. Barring tragedy Favre will return.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Reid to Shawn Andrews: 'Cya' ...

Shawn Andrews formally was released by the Eagles.
Said head coach Andy Reid: "We appreciate the efforts and contributions of Shawn while he was here. We have, however, decided to move in another direction."

OL Shawn Andrews has been released by the Eagles.

 Writing was on the wall when Andy Reid wished the injury plagued vet "well" on his latest rehab.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Next free agent up: Mike Bell

The Eagles will entertain 220-pound RB Mike Bell, a four-year veteran who scored five touchdowns last season with the Super Bowl 44 champion Saints.
The Saints tendered Bell, a restricted free agent, at the lowest level. That gives them only the right of first refusal.

Friday, March 12, 2010

1 year for Baskett

Wide receiver Hank Baskett and model Kendra Wilkinson are back.
Baskett signed a one-year contract with the Eagles, who cut him after the 2009 opener.
Baskett and Wilkinson had a son, Hank IV.
"Hank adds solid depth to our wide receiving group, plus is a productive special teams player," Eagles 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.”

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Hank Baskett is back ...

The Eagles on Friday entertain UFA WR Hank Baskett (Colts), whom they cut in 2009, and RB Justin Fargas (Raiders) , who has had health issues.

UFAs Hank Baskett (Colts) and Justin Fargas (Raiders) visit Birds Friday. Can Lito Sheppard (Jets) be far behind?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Free agent DB Marlin Jackson visiting with Eagles officials Tuesday & Wednesday. Jackson meets with media Wednesy at 11 am at NovaCare Complex.

Monday, March 8, 2010

5-year pact for WR Jason Avant

Jason Avant turned down an offer to extend his contract during the 2009 season.
Then the uncapped 2010 league year began.
Instead of waiting around for offers, Avant agreed to terms on a 5-year contract with the Eagles that he will address at a news conference Monday afternoon. Clearly he wanted security, not the strange new world of uncapped free agency.
In the capped years of the NFL's Collective Bargaining Agreement, Avant would have been able to shop his reliable receiving and route running skills as an unrestricted free agent. It would be the reward for four seasons of work.
In the uncapped NFL, it takes six years of service to be unrestricted. Avant and 210 others were caught.
Avant still could try to sell his skills. But the Eagles would have the right of first refusal. And if they declined to match the offer, they would receive at least a second round pick as compensation.
The 2006 fourth-round pick out of Michigan caught 41 passes for 587 yards(14.3 average) and three touchdowns last season and 103 grabs and eight TD's in his career.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Vick sticks around a little longer

The Eagles are picking up the $1.5 million option on QB Mike Vick before Tuesday although it still seems more of a formality to trade him.
Vick has spent a chunk of the offseason reiterating what he said last season - he wants to be a starter somewhere.
With head coach Andy Reid sticking by his man, veteran QB Donovan McNabb, that means Vick or Kolb won't be around unless the Eagles like to pay big money to part-time performers.

CB Jacskon to visit Birds

CB Marlin Jackson scheduled to make a stop in Philly Monday.
The first stop is Baltimore, which will thorougly investigate his knees.
Jackson tore the anterior cruciate ligament tendons in his right and left knees the past two seasons. Last year the former No. 1 pick of the Indianapolis Colts out of Michigan appeared in just four games, producing one interception.
The 6-0 Jackson, 26, also might be able to play safety.

Eagles hold right of first refusal on Babin

Defensive end Jason Babin, who had 2 1-2 sacks in 12 games with the Eagles last season, is visiting the Tennessee Titans Sunday and Monday.
Though Babin is listed as an unrestricted free agent the Eagles have the right of first refusal under terms of a contract restructuring last September. Basically Babin exhanged the ROFR for a spot on the 53-man roster. The Eagles would receive compensation if they decline to match offers for Babin.
The Titans have an opening for a pass rusher as Kyle Vanden Bosch exited for the Lions in free agency.

If you've seen one ACL rehab ...

Birds should be applauded for not wasting money on another ACL risk like Aaron Kampman. How did Stacy Andrews work out?
Kampman signed with a Jaguars team so desperate for help it took on the risk that is Kampman, who is coming off a torn ACL. You can take this to the bank - players becoming off ACL's need at least a full season before they're close to being what they were. Tom Brady and Donovan McNabb are perfect examples (yeah, it took McNabb two years to play small in big games).

Friday, March 5, 2010

Cleveland Browns offered Weaver more money than Birds

Leonard Weaver said he got a few offers in the roughly 12 hours he spent on the market as a restricted free agent.
Cleveland's new team president, Mike Holmgren, who coached Weaver at Seattle, and the Browns presented a contract proposal worth more than the Eagles' deal.
But Weaver told agent Harold Lewis to do a deal with the Eagles, that the Philly area was his new home and he valued stability. Weaver thinks the 3-year, $11 million deal ($6.5 million guaranteed) he signed Friday was fair.
That means three more years of Weaver helping youths 11-to-15 to read and write. He did that almost every day off this past season for students from the Bonsall School in Camden, N.J.

Drew Brees has a sense of humor

Bert Bell Award winner Drew Brees was delayed slightly for the Maxwell Football Club presser.
But the Super Bowl MVP busted his hump to step up to the podium and thank the audience at Harrah's-Atlantic City, club executives Ron Jaworski and Ray Didinger, and the other award winners.
Including Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, the Chuck Bednarik Award honoree.
"I'm not even going to try to pronounce his first name," Brees said. "But I am going to be nice to him. He's going to be chasing after me pretty soon."
Jaworski asked the audience to remember the late Tom Brookshier, who always attended the dinner. Jaws applauded the work of Bob Clark, retiring after 35 years of service to the club.

Weaver gets 3 years, $11m with $6.5m guaranteed

Retaining Pro Bowl fullback Leonard Weaver with a 3-year, $11 million contract is a solid move by the Eagles. Weaver is a versatile tireless worker whose energy rubs off on teammates. With four touchdowns, he's coming off a pretty decent season considering the abundance of playmakers on the roster.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

2011 lockout language makes deals 'challenging'

In the old NFL, Eagles fullback Leonard Weaver probably would be signed, sealed and delivered by now instead of sitting on a second-round restricted free agent tender.
Weaver would have been an unrestricted free agent, the threat of a lockout wouldn't be an issue and all involved in the negotiation would be living happily ever after.
Instead Weaver is restricted and like other players intent on signing long-term contracts, must decided what terms to take if there is no football in 2011. NFL coaches also have lockout language in their contracts according to reports.
Weaver and his agent, Harold Lewis, are intent on striking a deal with the Birds. But it won't be the slam-dunk a Pro Bowl player deserves in this, the new beginning of uncapped NFL football.

Where's there's smoke, there's a 'possibility' of McNabb in St. Louis

The Rams have done a pretty good job of denying they've spoken with the Eagles about acquiring veteran quarterback Donovan McNabb.
And for good reason:
If they blow it, the rest of their dwindling base of season ticket holders won't renew.
The Rams would be crazy not to consider bringing McNabb on board.
First and foremost, McNabb has a deep trust in Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, his quarterbacks coach with the Eagles. Shurmur was the guy who told McNabb that Kevin Kolb was starting the second half of the infamous loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Secondly, McNabb could turn the Rams into a winner. With the two-time defending NFC West champion Cardinals having lost quarterback Kurt Warner, and on the verge of losing elite defenders Karlos Dansby and Antrel Rolle, the NFC West is wide open. For those who missed it the NFL is a worst-to-first league. McNabb could make the Rams the latest team in that category.
The only real question is whether the Rams would be willing to give up the first pick of the second round, as has reported, for a veteran QB possibly unwilling to extend his contract with them beyond 2010.