Offseason activity has already begun. The only surprising move so far is the re-signing of Jason Peters. He’s older and pricey, normally a combination the Eagles don’t embrace. The fact they extended him caught many of us off-guard. Those are the kinds of surprises fans want to see.
Unfortunately, things don’t always work that way. If history tells us anything, it is that this offseason will feature a couple of decisions that are minor head-scratchers at the very least. Hiring Bill Davis didn’t make much sense last year. Bringing back Mike Vick was odd. And then drafting Matt Barkley didn’t make sense since we all knew Chip Kelly wanted a mobile QB. Oops.
During the offseason a lot of rumors and reports will pop up. I wrote about this last year in News vs Noise. You have to understand what the message is and who the message is coming from. Does the writer/reporter have an agenda? Does their source? Is the story passed off as fact or speculation?
Many of you got upset at Jimmy Bama the other day for his column that talked about the Eagles possibly trying to trade DeSean Jackson. Some of you got mad at me for writing about his writing. I can assure you that Jimmy didn’t just make this up to stir the pot and get attention. He studied the moves made by the Eagles and how they affected the roster and payroll. He then wrote about one possible meaning. Jimmy was very reasonable and logical in what he had to say. He also has generally been pretty positive about DeSean in the past. It isn’t as if Jimmy has something against him and is hoping this happens.
I have no problem at all with someone in the media speculating like that if they have logical info and present it correctly. Jimmy did both. If his theory was based on some ridiculous ideas, I would have ripped it to shreds. Jimmy and I love to argue. And I love to rip his bad ideas.
One reason that the offseason is so mysterious is that we simply don’t have all the facts. Remember the 2002 draft? The Eagles took Lito Sheppard, Sheldon Brown and Michael Lewis. At the time, the Eagles had the best secondary in football. No one expected the first 3 picks to be DBs. The Eagles saw the guys getting older and had the feeling that they wouldn’t be able to re-sign them once they hit FA. They drafted for the future and that turned out to be a terrific draft.
I remember being shocked when John Welbourn went nuclear right before the 2004 draft. The Eagles dealt him to KC on draft weekend because the relationship had gotten so toxic that they felt things couldn’t be worked out. Trading Welbourn would have been a shocking idea just a week earlier.
The offseason officially starts on March 11th. Be ready for a few surprising moves. These could come in the way of signings, cuts, extensions or draft picks. Things should be okay for the next few days. Think of it as the calm before the storm. Then again…I guess unexpected moves can happen at unexpected times.
The minute I hear that the Eagles are trying to trade Jimmy Bama, I’ll let you know.
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I watched some TJ Ward last night, but only 2 games. I’ll post my notes when I’ve seen more.
Some of you are asking about free agent CBs. I haven’t watched any. For whatever reason, I don’t think the Eagles are going to sign FA CBs. They already have a pair of veterans in place. My guess is that the Eagles would rather add CBs in the draft. I’ll try to watch a few CBs, but I’m not going to focus on them heavily unless we hear some direct rumors.
Peter King mentioned the Eagles should have interest in Alterran Verner, but that is pure speculation on his part.