Archive for February, 2009:
It’s still pretty quiet for the premier wide receiver free agents. And the Eagles don’t appear to be moving towards signing anyone here.
TJ Houshmandzadeh is visiting the Vikings today after being in Seattle yesterday.
Laveranues Coles visited Buffalo yesterday but did not sign a contract. There is lots of chatter (all internet rumor-mongering) related to the Dolphins, but there is no visit scheduled.
Marvin Harrison has yet to make or schedule visits to any teams.
Nate Washington visited Detroit on Friday, and some have reported that his signing is imminent there.
The numbers are in. 5 years (!!!), $17 million (!!!). With over $7 million guaranteed. Hard to blame him, I suppose. And hard to blame the Eagles for choosing Demps instead. A sad day, still.
This is hilarious, and if the rumor is true, Houshmandzadeh can’t be happy with Kennard McGuire, his agent.
Apparently, McGuire contacted the Eagles on Friday and informed them that Houshmandzadeh was willing to come to Philadelphia for a contract that was less than he would accept elsewhere.
The Eagles, intrigued but never enamored with Houshmandzadeh anyway, made a few phone calls and found out that McGuire was lying to them. And the contract numbers he had given them were actually HIGHER than the other teams.
The Eagles can’t be pleased.
You can understand why a sneaky, sleazy agent would try to manipulate a team in the Birds situation — willing and capable of spending a lot of money, and pressure from the fan base to acquire someone like his client.
But the Birds front office is NOT the group that would fall for this crap.
If the Eagles are to acquire a new wide receiver during free agency, it’s not going to be Housh.
Andrew Gargano reports that the free agent from NY will visit the Eagles. Ward had an incredible season as a guy who wasn’t the “feature” back, behind the NFL’s best offensive line. This is a rumor that sounds about right for the Eagles, Ward’s body type and style is the perfect compliment to Westbrook.
Even if the Eagles haven’t scheduled a visit for TJ, he continues to mention them in interviews.
Houshmandzadeh reportedly claimed on ESPN that the Eagles are one of the four teams he wishes to play for (also mentioned are the Giants, Seahawks, and Vikings).
Housh claims that he will have a deal in place by the end of this weekend.
Three of the premier wide receivers on the market right now: TJ Houshmandzadeh, Laveranues Cole, (ed note: spelling these guys names makes me not want to even post about them) and Nate Washington have all scheduled visits around the NFL, but thusfar we have yet to hear of anything related to the Eagles.
We’ll keep you posted.
Brian Dawkins will make a free agent visit with the Denver Broncos according to Adam Schefter of the NFL Network.
We at Eaglesrumors.com suddenly feel a little queasy.
Anthony Gargano reported on WIP today that the Eagles have made an offer to Brian Dawkins — a one-year deal. Is there any team out there willing to sign Dawk to any deal that guarantees money beyond year one?
A “league source” tells Mike Florio at PFT that the Eagles have agreed to terms with tackle Stacy Andrews, formerly of the Bengals. This is a monumental signing for Philadelphia.
It could signal the end of the road for both Tra Thomas and Jon Runyan as Eagles. With Andrews penciled in at right tackle, and his brother Shawn next to him at guard, the rest of the Eagles starting line will likely have Todd Herremans (LT), Max Jean-Gilles (LG), and Jamaal Jackson involved.
Andrews is 27 years old and is coming off a devestating knee injury. PFT reports that the deal hinges on him passing a physical.
Injury aside, this gets the Eagles a lot younger at the tackle position pretty quickly. And it also means they don’t have to focus on an offensive tackle with either of their two first-round draft picks.
Once again, the Eagles make a huge splash in day one of free agency.
A rumor out of St. Louis has the Rams trading veteran Torry Holt to the Eagles for their underachieving wideout Reggie Brown and a draft pick. That comes from an article on Inside St Louis written by former SI.com man Howard Blazer.
Holt received quite a bit of attention last year from Eagles fans when the team was thought to be searching for a trade partner for Lito Sheppard. Presumably, Sheppard could still be involved in any trade with the Rams as well.
Holt will be 33 when the 2009 season starts. Last year he played in 14 games, grabbing 65 receptions for 796 yards and only 3 touchdowns. It was a disappointing year for both Holt and the Rams, who had serious injury problems and an overall lack of talent.
The Rams are in full rebuilding mode and looking for young players and draft picks, and this sort of trade seems like a reasonable thing for that club to go for this off-season. We’ll continue to monitor this one and see if this little bit of smoke might ever turn to fire.