WR Plaxico Burress has stated openly that he’d like to be an Eagle. He’s flirted with other teams, but that was just casual “Hi sailor, what’s your name?” talk. We’re serious marriage material.
And I think the Eagles have interest in Plax. I think Andy Reid knows we need to add another big receiver to the mix. Riley Cooper still hasn’t come close to his potential, but we don’t know if that will ever happen so counting on him isn’t the best solution.
The problem here is simple. On the Andy Reid burger scale, Plax thinks he’s closer to a Kobe burger when the Eagles see him more as a Whopper. Plax doesn’t expect to start in 2012, but he expects to be well compensated. The Eagles aren’t looking to pay him big bucks for a specialty role.
Yesterday the Eagles worked out WR Michael Floyd. What do we make of this? Is it legit interest? Is this the Eagles way of sending a message to Plax and his agent…there are other fish in the sea, big fella. And they’re younger and cheaper.
I’ve written plenty of times that taking a WR at 15 would not be an option for me. The Eagles may feel differently. I sure hope not, but it is possible.
We’re now getting to an interesting point. FA and the draft really work hand in hand from here on in. Do we sign Plax or some other vet WR with size? Or do we target someone in the draft? The important Pro Days are basically over. The Eagles draft board should be set and they should have an idea of who will go where. This allows them to formulate different draft plans.
I’m sure they’ll do one plan with a WR taken early (possibly even the 1st round). Another scenario will leave out an early WR. The team has to figure out which scenario they like better. If they would rather pass on the WR, then you start negotiating with Plax.
Based on Reid’s comments at the Owners Meetings, it does not sound like the Eagles are going to be caving in to Plax’s demands any time soon. That means WR is at play early in the draft. My preference is 2nd or 3rd round. We’ll have to see how that goes.
One sidebar to this is to figure out what type of receiver the team is looking for. I assume they want a tall guy, but that is strictly a guess. Marvin Jones is just under 6-2, but he is 199 pounds and he can be physical. Could he be a target? Think about Kendall Wright. He’s only 5-11, but is 198 and had 14 TDs this year. Some were big plays, but more than a couple came in the Red Zone. I would prefer a 6-2 or 6-3 WR, but really the key is strength and physicality. Riley Cooper and Hank Baskett didn’t lack size, but neither guy was/is special in the Red Zone. They don’t consistently play to their size.
I think I mentioned this the other day, but the Eagles could look at this another way. They could go for a TE. We don’t need one right now, but this isn’t about need. The point here is adding another big/physical receiver to the mix to help in the Red Zone.
The Eagles worked out Georgia’s Orson Charles recently. Personally, I’d not be a fan of taking him. He’s short at about 6-2 and isn’t what I think the team needs. He had 45 catches and 5 TDs in 2011. Dwayne Allen from Clemson would be better. He is taller, has longer arms, and had a better VJ. Allen is very good at going up for the ball and has terrific hands. He caught 50 passes in 2011, 8 for TDs.
The optimal choice here would be Coby Fleener from Stanford. He is 6-6. He caught 34 passes in 2011, 10 of them were TDs. I think you need to watch him in action to appreciate some of the stuff he does.
Maybe Plax lowers his price and we sign him. Maybe we draft a big WR. Maybe we draft a physical WR. Maybe we go for a TE. Just please don’t take one at 15.
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LT Demetrius Bell is scheduled to visit the Packers this week. He is looking for someone desperate enough to give in to his demands. Buffalo needs LT help and isn’t caving in. We need LT help and aren’t caving in. Bell must be one heck of a poker player. He is essentially calling everyone’s bluff. Only problem…I’m not sure teams are bluffing. Teams aren’t trying to get him cheap to save money. They just don’t think he’s that good.
Bell can win this if he holds off til August and some team is really desperate, but he could also lose if the OTs around the league stay healthy. At some point, he needs to figure out the best option and take it.
I’m biased, but I think playing for the Eagles would be the wise move. He’d be starting at LT on a high-powered offense. He’d play in plenty of prime time games. That means coaches and GMs would have a chance to watch him a lot and figure out if they liked him as a target for 2013. Bell only started 6 games last year. The tape isn’t great. Teams don’t know what to think. Bell also should factor in that Howard Mudd can have a huge impact on your career. Did we have Evan Mathis talk to Bell on his visit here? If not…why? He should be the best “Come to Philly” ad we have for FAs.
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NFL Gimpy wrote some interesting stuff for MAQB. He talked about the legal side of Bountygate and if the Rooney Rule is still a valid concept.