Eags Deny Sheppard Trade Rumors

So almighty ESPN and the NFL Network both reported that Lito Sheppard, who hasn’t made it through a season healthy since the 2004 Super Bowl season, was given permission from the Eagles to seek a trade.3554.jpg

Last night the Eagles denied broadcast reports that Pro Bowl cornerback Lito Sheppard has been granted permission by the organization.

Sheppard told Comcast SportsNet he wasn’t aware of the story and thought it was a joke when first told about it.

The Eagles however, are believed to be targeting Asante Samuel, the Patriots’ Pro Bowl corner, who hits free agency in a couple weeks, and if they are able to sign Samuel, Sheppard hit the trading block.

Sheppard, only 26, is due $2 million in 2008, $3 million in 2009 and then $3.7 million and $4.25 million. He has a cap number of $2,731,720 this year and cap figures ranging up to $4,258,120 in 2011. Nate Clements’ six-year, $56 million deal with the 49ers that included $22 million guaranteed money — have redefined the marketplace for cornerbacks.

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