The Eagles confirmed reports that they have traded with Arizona again, this time getting 29-year-old guard-tackle Reggie Wells for an undisclosed pick, reportedly a sixth-rounder.
This would seem to be bad news for at least one sub o-lineman, possibly Max Jean-Gilles or Fenuki Topou. ESPN's Adam Schefter, who reported the Wells trade, speculates that the Birds might be trying to move Stacy Andrews, who obviously would rather be playing tackle than guard.
Other sources subsequently said the Eagles are shopping Andrews.
Andrews said tonight he isn't sure what the trade means for him, but he does know that when the Eagles wanted him to rework his contract last offseason, including a pay cut, his preference was to go back into free agency. Andrews agreed to rework the deal, retaining his $4.1 million roster bonus, paid last spring, plus $900,000 in guaranteed salary for this season, with the understanding he would be the starting right guard, he said.
“Howie (Roseman, the general manager) reassured me I would be the guy at right guard,” he said. “I wouldn’t have signed (the reworked deal) to be the third guy.”
Roseman has not responded to a request for comment.
Wells, beaten out for a starting job in this Cardinals camp, has started every Arizona game the past four seasons. He arrived as a sixth-round rookie from Clarion in 2003.
“We’re adding a player that has started several seasons in the National Football League and has played at a very high level during the course of his career,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said in a statement released by the team. “He has experience at several different positions along the offensive line and he will be a welcome addition to that group. You can never have enough depth at that position as you go through an NFL season.”
Meanwhile, the Eagles got a head start on their cut from 75 to 53 by axing the following: CB Geoffrey Pope, DE Pannel Egboh, DT Boo Robinson, CB David Pender, WR Dobson Collins, OL Jerrail McCuller, TE Nate Lawrie, RB J.J. Arrington, S Anthony Scirrotto, and RB Martell Mallett.
The Birds traded for Arrington from Denver, giving the Broncos LB Joe Mays. But they get a sixth-round pick in 2012 from Denver if they cut Arrington, which they've now done.
The Eagles announced that as expected, DE Victor Abiamiri will open the season on the physically unable to perform lsit.This means he is sidelined at least six weeks, but won't count against the roster during that time.