Welcome to the wild world of the offseason. Howard Eskin reported that CB Nnamdi Asomugha would be cut today. A short while later the Eagles refuted that and said he wouldn’t be cut. So what gives?
This could be simply a logistical issue. Maybe Chip Kelly or Howie Roseman wanted to talk in person to Nnamdi to let him know. As odd as that sounds, some organizations like to break news to the players personally and don’t want the story running rampant without the one-on-one conversation.
Maybe the Eagles have a restructured contract offer on the table and have yet to hear back from Nnamdi or his agent. The feeling could be likely that he’ll say no, but they still want to wait to hear a definitive answer.
If you want a conspiracy theory, maybe the Eagles floated the item to Eskin to get the story out there to scare Nnamdi. If he thinks he’ll really be cut, maybe that would push him to restructure the deal. I doubt this is remotely close, but at this time of the year it is fun to think of just how crazy teams can be with rumors/actions.
My preferred idea is that the Eagles are just messing with him to get some joy out of all the money they paid to watch Nnamdi point at Kurt Coleman as receivers ran into the endzone. Can you picture Jeff Lurie sitting in a dark room, petting a cat, and saying “Vengeance is mine, Mr. Asomugha. How does some humiliation pie taste? Nobody steals from Jeff Lurie and gets away with it…except for maybe those annoying Andrews brothers.”
The guess is that Asomugha will be cut, sooner rather than later.
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The hot topic in the NFL right now is Darrelle Revis. A few have asked if the Eagles should have any interest. I don’t think so.
Revis is the most dominant CB in the league when he’s healthy, but he is coming off a torn ACL. It is easy to see how well Adrian Peterson came back and wonder if Revis will do the same thing, but AP is a freak. Revis is a great player, but he’s not a physical freak of nature. He might come back just fine, but there are no guarantees.
I would not pay the steep price to get Revis. Trading for him and then handing him a huge contract is a risk. It might turn out great, but it might blow up in your face. This is the kind of risk a title contender should make. The Eagles are a year or two removed from that status. The Eagles need to keep all their early picks and focus on fixing multiple areas. One potentially great player isn’t going to be the solution.
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Some will love it. Many will hate it. The rest will just keep loading their guns as they wait for the Apocalypse to get here.
I did give the Eagles Dion Jordan with the first pick.
One thing I hope you understand with the mock drafts I do is that is not so much “here’s what I want the team to do” as it is simply looking at a possible scenario. Trust me, I’ve got little pieces of paper I carry around that have all kinds of scenarios scribbled out. I’m trying to find the one I’m most comfortable with. Right now I’m not sure what that is.
Free agency will give us some hints of what’s to come. If we don’t sign a NT, then we’ve got to bring someone in to be competition for Antonio Dixon. We could possibly use Cedric Thornton at the nose. Remember, the scheme is supposed to be the 4-3 Under. If so, the NT plays a “shade”. That means he doesn’t line up directly across from the Center, but rather on the C’s outside shoulder.
We’ll get some draft hints starting next week. I can’t wait.
And I will post other mock scenarios where the Eagles go in different directions. This won’t be Jordan over and over. I really do like seeing how things change depending on which way you go.
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Someone asked about Texans LB Connor Barwin as a target. I double-checked some tape on him. As I’m watching the Texans, I notice that their 3-4 is almost exactly the same as Bill Davis 4-3 Under. The NT is shaded to one side. There is a 3-tech DT. There is a 5-tech DE. There are 2 OLBs and 2 ILBs.
Barwin played the Predator role for them. He was primarily a pass rusher. The Eagles need someone for SAM. Barwin could fit that role, but it wasn’t what he did in Houston. He isn’t a dynamic pass rusher, but does a solid job. Barwin has some potential in coverage. He’s a former TE and you can see he’s not lost in coverage. Should the Eagles make a run at him or Paul Kruger, that would take Dion Jordan off the board at pick 4. Again, this would be a big draft hint. I do not think the Eagles are likely to pursue either Barwin or Kruger, but that is purely a guess.
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Tim McManus put up a good post on Vinny Curry and how he is getting ready for the switch to the 3-4. Vinny didn’t get much of a chance to show what he could do last year, but a lot of that is on Jim Washburn, who simply didn’t want to bench Darryl Tapp.
I still think it is possible that the Eagles consider Vinny as a SAM candidate. I previously wrote about that here.
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Jimmy Bama and I did a podcast last night talking about offensive players the Eagles could have an interest in. We’re hoping to record a show tonight on defensive players. Obviously that’s the more important side of the ball in terms of free agency.