Posted on: March 26, 2010 12:05 pm
Ever since coach Andy Reid let slip at the annual owners' meeting that the Eagles are now "entertaining offers" for their QBs -- a virtual about-face from their stance after exiting the playoffs -- rumors and speculation have flown left and right.
While Reid's comment seemed to apply to all three of his QBs, starter Donovan McNabb is the hot property, and possibly the guy most likely to be dealt by the Eagles since he is due to be paid a $6 million roster bonus in six weeks.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that McNabb's personal top choice would be a trade to the Vikings, who are dealing with their own QB drama in the "will he or won't he" retirement saga of Brett Favre .
McNabb would reportedly dread going to either the Bills or Raiders, according to the Buffalo News .
The San Francisco Chronicle maintains that McNabb coming to Oakland in a trade that could involve the similarly high-paid CB Nnamdi Asomugha moving to Philly might make sense on the surface, but is probably unlikely to happen .
Meanwhile, in St. Louis, a rumor spread on Thursday that the Eagles had agreed to send McNabb to the Rams in exchange for FS Oshiomogho Atogwe and the 33rd overall pick in this year's draft. That rumor seemingly died a fast death when Eagles GM Billy Devaney called it "utterly ridiculous," according to the Camden Courier-Post .
Posted on: March 10, 2010 10:24 am
According to a report in the Philadelphia Daily News , the Eagles recently welcomed former Colts cornerback Marlin Jackson for a visit, with designs on signing him as a safety.
The story claims the chance of Jackson being signed to an Eagles contract by Wednesday are "pretty good" despite other sources claiming Jackson will visit the Jets first.
Jackson has had injury troubles for the past two seasons, hurting both of his anterior cruciate ligaments in separate incidents.
Posted on: February 24, 2010 11:29 am
The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the new ownership of the Rams franchise, along with the troubled state of the team itself, has a lot of wild rumors swirling about possible changes on the horizon.
One of the hottes rumors, according to the report, is that the Rams may trade their No. 1 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for QB Josh Johnson and a combination of draft picks in the first, second or third rounds.
One such scenario would only bump the Rams down to the No. 3 pick, which would be a relatively small price to pay if their most coveted draft prospect isn't expected to be drafted first or second overall.
Another rumor the story mentions is the possibility of stealing QB Michael Vick away from Philadelphia.
Posted on: February 24, 2010 11:15 am
According to the Philadelphia Daily News , the Eagles are publicly putting forth the attitude that QB Donovan McNabb -- scheduled to rake in an estimated $11 million next season -- will remain with the team.
There has been no official indication from the Eagles that they are looking to unload McNabb or his backup QBs, Kevin Kolb or Michael Vick . All three would be in the final year of their contract if they remained with the Eagles for the 2010 season. However, the Eagles also have reportedly confirmed that other teams have inquired about all three QBs.
The story notes that there is a strong chance that Vick (who would make $5 million this year) will be traded before the NFL Draft in April. McNabb remains a question mark as well, but for now, the official stance is that he's staying in Philly.
When asked recently about locker room leadership in the wake of Brian Westbrook's release, head coach Andy Reid acted as though McNabb's status was a given.
"Well, Donovan is obviously here," he replied, according to the Daily News.
Posted on: February 3, 2010 12:59 pm
The Philadelphia Daily News reports that the Eagles have signed former Redskins punter Durant Brooks . Brooks will compete with restricted free agent Sav Rocca for the punting spot.
Brooks was awarded the Ray Guy Award in his senior year at Georgia Tech for being the best punter in the country. He was drafted by the Redskins in 2008, but only played six games with the franchise before winding up on the Green Bay Packers practice squad for the remainder of the season.
He was not on any NFL team roster last season.
Posted on: January 19, 2010 9:29 am
Eagles running back Brian Westbrook had an injury-riddled season that included two concussions, a nagging ankle injury and limited production.
He also turned 30 in September, the age that so often has been the expiration date for NFL running backs.
But it is Westbrook's left knee that could ultimately end the tailback's career with the Eagles and hinder any attempt to catch on with another team, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Posted on: January 11, 2010 11:04 am
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Michael Vick wants to be a starter, but he would welcome staying with the Eagles even if he were still a backup.
It appears unlikely, however, that the Eagles would pick up a $5 million option on Vick just for him to be a backup to Donovan McNabb or Kevin Kolb.
Vick said he has become a better quarterback since his release from prison on a dogfighting conviction nine months ago.
Posted on: January 11, 2010 10:56 am
After the 34-14 first-round playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys, coach Andy Reid and team president Joe Banner will have to seriously discuss whether the Eagles' best chance to win an elusive Super Bowl rides with the aging arm and legs of Donovan McNabb or the still unproven Kevin Kolb, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Reid might be more comfortable with McNabb, but there are recent examples of first-year starters taking their teams to a Super Bowl title. Kurt Warner did it in St. Louis in 1999, and Tom Brady did it two years later with New England.
McNabb and Kolb have one year left on their respective contracts. It's possible one of them will be traded in order to fill other glaring needs, particularly on defense.
The Eagles' other big offensive decision is running back Brian Westbrook, who had just one catch and no carries Saturday night. Two concussions and eight missed games left Westbrook with his least productive season since his rookie year.
If Westbrook returns, he'll be paid $7.25 million next season.