Saturday, September 1, 2012

David Sims, Sean Jones, Browns safeties

Is it too late to trash the retirement papers?
The Eagles had to address their safety position.

But instead of adding experience they got younger Friday acquiring David Sims (5-9, 204) from the Cleveland Browns for a conditional  draft pick.

Eagles GM Howie Roseman said it's tough to find good safety help these days. That's why you've got to grab them when they're there. Remember Earl Thomas? He would have been the answer to the Eagles' prayers. Instead of taking playmaker Thomas off the board, the Eagles selected defensive end Brandon Graham.

You get what you trade for. And what the Eagles got in Sims is a guy who intercepted two passes in the preseason. It would have been three but a teammate was called for roughing Eagles quarterback Trent Edwards. Sims returned that pick 30 yards for a score.

The last time the Eagles collected a Browns safety was in 2009. The guy was Sean Jones. Had 14 interceptions in three seasons before signing with the Birds as a free agent. The Eagles gave him the money they should have used to re-sign Brian Dawkins. Jones couldn't keep the starting job. Most recently Jones was cut by the Lions.

Hopefully the Sims story has a better ending.

Right now underachiever Jai Jarrett is the top backup to starters Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman. Allen is the most experienced guy in the group.

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