Tag:Philadelphia Eagles
Posted on: March 1, 2012 5:31 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2012 5:36 pm

Franchise tags start flying

Get ready for a lot of franchise tags to get used.

"Why wouldn't you?" one NFC general manager said. "It's getting a good player for one year without much risk. It makes sense for teams that don't have cap issues. You keep your own."

We saw the beginning of it Thursday when the Eagles put the franchise tag on receiver DeSean Jackson as expected, and word got out that the Raiders have told safety Tyvon Branch that he will be tagged.

It makes sense. You can get a player for a one-year deal -- if he doesn't agree to a long-term deal -- without much risk.

In Jackson's case, it really makes sense. The Eagles had issues with him last year. He has to show those are behind before they give him a long-term deal.

I know tagging him is what I would have done.

Show me you can produce for a year without incident. There's no question he has star potential, but it's more than just ability.

As for Branch, he should have been on the Pro Bowl team last year. He had an impressive season at a weak position in the NFL. It makes sense for the Raiders to keep him.

These are just the first two to get tagged. Get ready for a lot more -- even some you wouldn't expect.

Posted on: April 19, 2010 5:00 pm

Eagles get a steal

The Philadelphia Eagles committed a theft Monday. Landing weak-side linebacker Ernie Sims in a three-way trade with the Detroit Lions is a great move, one that's tough to grasp from the Lions standpoint.

Sims is a good player when he's healthy, although he did have injury issues last year. He is a run-and-chase linebacker who fits in the Eagles' aggressive scheme.

Are the Lions nuts giving away a good linebacker for a seventh-round pick and tight end Tony Scheffler from Denver in the three-way deal? Denver gets a fifth-round pick from Philadelphia.

I think Scheffler is a good player, and his acquisition might say something about where Brandon Pettigrew is in his knee rehab, but it just doesn't make sense to part with Sims from a defense that was dreadful last season.

Sims will play a major role with the Eagles. Scheffler will be a backup in Detroit and the Broncos simply continue to rid themselves of good football players.

Who wins in this deal?

The better team of the three, that's who. It's the Eagles. Maybe that's why they're the better of these three teams.


Category: NFL
Posted on: October 20, 2009 5:57 pm

Eagles land linebacker

The Philadelphia Eagles made a good move trading for St. Louis Rams linebacker Will Witherspoon.

With injuries at the linebacker position, the Eagles get a a player who has started on the outside and in the middle. I asked Witherspoon this summer which he preferred, and he said it didn't matter.

The Eagles will likely play him in the middle where they've lost Stewart Bradley (season) and Omar Gaither to injuries. Jeremiah Trotter hasn't been very good playing there.

Witherspoon isn't a big linebacker, but he can run. In the Eagles' defense, that is a must.

The Eagles gave up rookie receiver Brandon Gibson and a fifth-round pick for Witherspoon. For a good team like the Eaglers, this is a heck of a move.
Category: NFL
Posted on: February 28, 2009 3:22 pm

Andrews and Andrews: Ouch

Getting younger and better and more athletic at a position is always a good thing for a team.

The Philadelphia Eagles did that Saturday by signing right tackle Stacy Andrews. Andrews, who started for the Cincinnati Bengals last year, is coming off a torn ACL, but he's an upgrade over previous starter Jon Runyan, who is an unrestricted free agent.

At 6-7, 345 pounds, Andrews will play the right side next to his brother, Shawn, the Eagles starting right guard. There is also a chance that Shawn Andrews could move to left tackle for the departing Tra Thomas. If not, it's 750 pounds of Andrews on the right side.

Stacy Andrews is one of the players I had in my top-10 list of free agents. That's because he's only 27 years old. He is a mauler in the run game, and a little more experience should make him better in pass protection.

The Eagles should be lauded for landing this rising player.


Category: NFL
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