Collecting ex-Eagles

The Minnesota Vikings signed former Eagles running back Ryan Moats on Tuesday. Moats was released by the Houston Texans recently.

The most interesting part of that sentence is "former Eagles." As Michael Rand, of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, points out, Moats is the seventh member of the 2005 Eagles to sign with the Vikings at one point or another since Brad Childress began the team's head coach. Childress' final year with the Eagles as offensive coordinator was 2005.

The list: Moats, Greg Lewis, Koy Detmer, Billy McMullen, Mike McMahon, Lito Sheppard and Artis Hicks.


And while we are on the subject of reunions, former Eagles guard Paul Faniaka was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland GM Tom Heckert was the Eagles' GM when Fanaika was selected in the seventh round last year. Four other teams put a claim in for him, according to the National Football Post.

He spent 11 weeks on the Eagles' practice squad before he was signed by Washington. He was active for only one game with the Redskins.


Mike Bell has the video he shot with his camera on the field after his New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl in February.

Now, comes an even bigger reminder — an enormous championship ring.

Bell, a running back who signed with the Eagles in the offseason, will join his former teammates tonight at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans for a private ring ceremony. Bell has said he plans to brandish the ring at every opportunity.

Along with Bell, defensive backs Asante Samuel, Ellis Hobbs and Marlin Jackson are current Eagles who have won Super Bowls. Samuel and Hobbs both came to the Birds from New England; Jackson won his with Indianapolis.
The event, expected to last 4 hours, is closed to the public and the media. Only members of the organization, their families and guests are invited.

According to Jeff Duncan, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, here are some details about the rings: The centerpiece is a diamond-encrusted fleur de lis, with “WORLD CHAMPIONS” engraved on the crown. One side is dedicated to the Super Bowl win and is engraved with each player’s name and jersey number. The other side is dedicated to the city of New Orleans and has engravings of the Superdome skyline and music notes.

Saints All-Pro guard Jahri Evans, who is from Frankford, can’t wait to receive his ring.

“It’s definitely real exciting,” Evans said. “It’s one thing to win and know you won it. Everybody that came in to talk to us said that it’s an unbelievable feeling to visually see it and put it on.”