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Another Eagle Flies the Coup

Lito Sheppard to the Jets for Picks

According to a source the Eagles on Saturday are expected to complete a trade which will send corner Lito Sheppard to the New York Jets for a package of draft picks. philadelphia-eagles-logo

Although details of the deal were not available, the Eagles are believed to be receiving a middle-round choice in the 2010 draft and conditional 2011 draft choice. The level of the 2011 choice will be determined by a number of factors including Sheppard’s 2009 playing time.

Lito will most likely step right into the starting lineup at the cornerback spot opposite Darrelle Revis.

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Roy Williams and Roy Williams Teammates?

More news from Cowboy country.  The Dallas Cowboys are busy today and apparently discussing with the Detroit Lions a trade for wide receiver Roy Williams.

The biggest douchebag owner in all of sports, Jerry Jones, believes Williams can provide an immediate boost to a faltering offense without quarterback Tony Romo and views him as a potential long-term solution as the eventual replacement for aging Terrell Owens.

The source said the Cowboys are willing to make the deal, but the Lions seem hesitant because they are operating without a GM since the long awaited firing of Matt Millen.  The Lions have been demanding a 1st rd draft choice just to consider a deal, and it is not known if Jones is willing to make the trade at that compensation level. The Cowboys could offer a 2nd and 3rd round pick, since they have multiple choices in the 3rd round.

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said one GM stated that there was a strong possibility the Lions would trade Williams to the Cowboys or Eagles on Tuesday, however Philadelphia is believed to be more interested in Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez as previously mentioned here.

The Eagles once again have Lito and two 1st  round picks to dangle out there.  MAKE A MOVE BIRDS.

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NFL Trade Deadline: Tony Gonzo a Bird?

Listening to good old Mike and Mike in the morning on the drive today on the Schuylkill Expressway and word from ‘The Professor’ John Clayton is Tony Gonzalez is the big name out there looking to be dealt to a contender as we near the NFL Trade deadline today at 4 pm ET. 

Teams interested: the New York Football Giants and yours truly, the Philadelphia Eagles.

Clayton reported a Kansas City is looking for a 3rd (or 2nd – he wasn’t sure) round pick and a 5th round pick for the All-Pro tight end.  As for the Eagles, they have a disgruntled corner Lito Sheppard to offer in a package.  Stay posted.

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Bring BOLDIN Aboard!

In a Pacman Jones-like turn of events, Arizona Cardinals’ star wide receiver Anquan ‘the Phenomenon’ Boldin is reportedly seeking a trade from the team after contract negotiations have seemed to sour.

Boldin’s agent Drew Rosenhaus (yes, the infamous Drew Rosenhaus) had already asked for a new contract shortly after fellow wide out Larry Fitzgerald signed a four-year, $40 million deal last spring.  By the time training camp opened, however, Boldin still had no contract and blamed the Cardinal brass for not making good on promises of restructuring a contract extension he signed three years ago.

Under his current contract, Boldin is making $4 million a year, while Fitzgerald is making $10 million (BALLER).   Boldin was reportedly seeking a contract equal to or more than that of Fitzgerald’s.

Boldin and Rosenhaus have made it clear that he no longer wants a new contract.  He wants to leave the team.

Last time I checked we have a plethora of cornerbacks and Arizona could use a few good ones.  Here is our golden opportunity to package Lito and a pick for a TOP NOTCH WIDEOUT.  Boldin would be a FORCE to be reckoned with in our offense and with McNabb throwing bullets to him.  Donovan with Boldin and Kevin Curtis lined up wide.  B West behind him and Reggie Brown and LJ Smith in the slots.  I LIKE IT, A LOT!

BRING BOLDIN ABOARD!  THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL STARTS HERE.

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Fool’s Gold Rush

With numerous April Fool’s rumors swirling around the Philly sports world today, as probably every major market, lets put to rest a few articles that some assholes tought would be hilarious to post. 

 This however is true, and really awesome.

On a more serious note now, I went home for lunch today and tuned into ESPN to hear the NFL segment where they put teams on the clock and go over their needs and wants as the draft approaches. 

The Vikings happened to be the featured team and at first they discussed their incredible rookie sensation Adrian Peterson and how they are stacked at RB with Chester Taylor spelling him.  After that they questioned their quarterback position (Travaris Jackson) and mentioned how Donovan McNabb is their guy to fill the spot.  WHAT THE F?

I thought all this Donovan trade talk was put to bed a while ago, and here we have ESPN, the Mecca that is sports TV and Media, broadcasting (spreading more rumors) to the world that this guy is back on the market and most likely going to be dealt.  I swear these fuckers just make shit up to fill time on their show.  Personally I don’t know where they come up with this stuff, and it seems as though their researchers/reporters in the field have as much access and knowledge as a blogger like myself.   

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NFL Draft Preview: Leodis McKelvin

Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy

5’10 ¾ 190lbs  4.38 sec – 40 yards

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Pros:  A very athletic corner with excellent timed speed and an outstanding burst to close.  Has great footwork, fluid hips, and is smooth in his transitions.  He is a natural man coverage and is best in a man to man system, but shows the ability to play in a zone system as well.  He is not afraid to support in the run game and is a very good tackler.   Electric in the return game. 

Cons:  His competition level was not very high.  He relied a lot on his athletic ability against smaller competition, needs to work on technique and be more disciplined using it on every play. 

Notes:  He fits in to the Eagles right away as a return man right away.  Averaged 13.1 yards per punt return with 7 TDs and 23.7 yards per kickoff return with 1 TD.  He was up to 17.4 yards per punt return with 3 TDs as a senior which gave him many All-American honors.  The same knock of being a smaller school that plays against lesser talent has not slowed down the progress of Osi Umenyiora or DeMarcus Ware who both are Troy Alumni.  If the Eagles trade Lito for a WR, then Leodis would be the starting return man and a nickel or situation corner.  Best case scenario he can start if Sheldon Brown is eventually moved to safety.  He will most likely be the top CB taken and it may take a trade into the top 10 to get him.  As far as playmakers go, this guy is right there with anyone else in this draft as far as return men go.    

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Green Thoughts

The Eagles jumped right in on Friday’s free agency when they signed the biggest name on the first day. Asante Samuel is a great CB who can press, play off coverage, blitz, and most of all make big plays. Samuel’s biggest strengths are being able to drop back and get in and out of his breaks while keeping an eye on the quarterback. This allows him to make big jumps on passes and create turnovers. He also is a very smart cornerback. He reads routes well and understands offensive concepts so he can see one route develop and know the complimentary route that goes along with it.  To sum it up Asante is smart and aggressive which should bode well in Double J’s style of defense. 

Chris Clemons’ signing was made out to be a bigger deal then it really is.  Clemons is way too small to be an every down DE. At 245 lbs he will see time on 3rd and long and other obvious passing situations. In my opinion he may see about 10 snaps a game. In those 10 snaps this high motor DE can create serious havoc with Trent Cole and maybe another DE (Howard, Abiamiri, etc) moving to DT on those plays. This guy is a role player, which we all know have importance, but he is not the answer to finding a DE that can play with Cole.

So what now? Did the storm pass? Let me throw a couple of “indicators” that tells me they have something else up their sleeves. I don’t think anyone can argue that Big Red seems to think he has his shit together and borderlines arrogant in the way he continually does the same thing, thinking it will work now when it has fallen short in the past. I think when you understand that, along with listening to Jeff Lurie during the Samuel press conference talk about how he does not want to be the type of owner who steers clear of certain positions when mistakes have been made with those positions in the past (aka WR and T.O. or drafting a DE high in round 1, Jerome McDougle).

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So the question remains, is there a second part to signing Samuel. I am not part of the small group who thinks that Lito can/will play with Samuel. First of all, Lito wants more loot and playing with someone making a boatload more just will not work. Second of all, Sheldon COULD play FS, but I don’t think he is best suited for FS and he is not big enough to play SS. So Lito has to go, sell high, and understand he is undersized and injury prone. We simply cannot have him missing 4-6 games a year.

I am going to throw out the bottom 9 teams in pass defense and see if they have a player who might match Lito’s skill and could be a potential match.

1. Vikings – With the worst pass defense giving up 264 passing yards per game. Childress and Reid remain in open dialogue and I am sure the Vikings would like Lito, but for what price? I don’t think the Vikings would give up the #17 pick for Lito and I don’t think they have anything else we want.

2. Lions – Yes, they are hurting for a CB and their pass defense has been bad for YEARS. Roy Williams is someone every Eagles fan would love on this roster. Would you do Lito and our 2nd or 3rd for Roy Williams? I would certainly consider it heavily.

3. Saints – They just signed Randall Gay so in their minds they are probably set now. I would trade Lito for Colston,but I’m not so sure Saints would be down.

4. Bills – How about Lito for Lee Evans? Maybe the Bills sign Bryant Johnson and trade Evans before he is an UFA next year. We would need to work out an extension first, but this works well for both teams.

5. Cardinals – Whatever it takes for Larry Fitzgerald. I repeat, WHATEVER it TAKES! Boldin is a perfect fit for our offense so if Larry is not available, is Quan?

6. Bears – They have no talent (Period).

7. Bengals – Ocho Cinco for Lito in a package deal. You want a deep threat, he is one of the best.

8. Texans – I would love Andre Johnson, but they would need to be unbelievably stupid to want to trade ‘Dre.  So maybe, it is Houston, and they did just resign Andre Davis.

9. Falcons – Roddy White was pretty impressive last year with no real QB. Raise your hand if you are an Eagles fan and Roddy White is the #1 WR you were looking for.

Free Agents :

Randy MossResigned with the Pats – 3 yr, $27 million. Apparently Samuel told Banner and Big Red how great of a teammate Randy is and how much he has matured. This would be right in line with Kearse/TO in 2004. Biggest defensive FA on day one, followed by the top WR available.

Bryant Johnson – He was the Cardinal’s #3, so he could be signed to be our #1….that seems about right.

Draft:

Six of the top seven teams need help at CB. I could see the Eagles packaging up Lito and their #1 to make a big jump on draft day for their future LT or a stud DE. Chris Long, Jake Long, Vernon Gholston, Ryan Clady could all be targets to make a big move on draft day. Chris Long and Jake Long are flat out studs. Gholston is a freak athletically and played very well at OSU. Clady could be a reach, but OT talent always seems to go early.

  What will the Eagles do next?        

      1) Bring in a WR
      2) Package Lito
      3) Another FA pickup
      4) Add via the Draft
      5) Stand Pat

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Twas the Night Before ….. Free Agency

My friend Steve said it best today:

YES! I may not be able to sleep tonight, it is better then Christmas eve. Come on Banner, Reid, Heckert, and Lurie, it is GO TIME!!

And so it is finally here.  One of the most exciting eve’s in the NFL off-season is upon us, the eve of Free Agency.  With an unusually high number of serious playmakers on the market this off-season, tomorrow should be a very interesting day, one that could shift the balance of power in the NFL.  Most notably last year’s powerhouse, the New England Patriots, have three of their premier players hitting Free Agency tonight at midnight; Donte Stallworth, Asante Samuel, and Randy Moss. 

With all of the rumors swirling around the Nest at Broad and Pattison I am thoroughly excited to see what the Eagle Brass will do tomorrow.  Some of the rumors that I have heard over the past few days:

The free agent acquisition of CB Asante Samuel (some kid wrote this in the comments section).

The trade of Lito Sheppard to the Arizona Cardinals for Larry Fitzgerald (same source as Asante). 

The free agent acquisition of DE Justin Smith.

The free agent acquisition of SS Gibril Wilson. 

The free agent acquisition of WR Randy Moss.

 The free agent acquisition of WR Javon Walker.

According to Anthony Gargano, the Cuz, who is filling in for Eskin today on 610 WIP (thank GOD) has said there is serious interest in Javon Walker now even though word is he cannot pass a physical (his agent however, says he can play).  The Cuz has also confirmed that the trade rumors between the Eagles and the Cardinals are simply that, rumors, and nothing more as the Arizona front office has squashed Fitzgerald trade speculation.

I just want the Eagles to make a huge acquisition tomorrow.  They need to show the league that they have the cahones and mean F_ _ _ _ _ _ business this year.

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REPORT: Sheppard out? Asante and Fitzgerald In?

As the NFL free agent period opens this Friday, February 29th, we are already beginning to hear serious grumbles around the (215) that our Philadelphia Eagles could be very active.

The latest winds blowing around my sources, are that the Eagles will heavily pursue former Patriots CB Asante Samuel. Also if the Patriots fail to come to terms with a one Randal Moss, the Eagles will also be in the mix of teams vying for his services.

Lately we have all also heard about Lito Sheppard’s unpleasantries with Eagle brass and more specifically his contract. The Eagles are also apparently seriously trying to hammer out a trade, sending Sheppard to the Arizona Cardinals for WR Larry Fitzgerald. Now this could be contingent upon Asante sporting midnight green first, but we are not sure at the moment.

The Sheppard for Fitzgerald talks seems to make sense for both sides. One of the Cardinals glaring needs going into this off-season is secondary help, and Sheppard would be an instant fix to that problem.

More to come……..

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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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