Sunday, December 21, 2014

Kampman First Up for Birds? AJ for Rams

Well, we're confused. First, FOX's Jay Glazer tweeted that free agent DE Aaron Kampman is scheduled to visit the Eagles. Kampman's name certainly has been linked to the Birds in repeated FA speculation; though less splashy than Julius Peppers, he is an intense, high motor player who would improve the DE spot opposite Trent Cole.

Kampman First Up for Birds? AJ for Rams

Well, we're confused. First, FOX's Jay Glazer tweeted that free agent DE Aaron Kampman is scheduled to visit the Eagles. Kampman's name certainly has been linked to the Birds in repeated FA speculation; though less splashy than Julius Peppers, he is an intense, high motor player who would improve the DE spot opposite Trent Cole.

Then, though, Glazer corrected his tweet, saying the Eagles have spoken to agent Neil Cornich, but that no visit has been scheduled. Efforts to contact Cornich for comment have been unsuccessful. The Eagles have not responded to requests for comment. They usually -- but not always -- announce free agent visits. 

Then again, Tom Silverstein, who covers the Packers for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, reports via Twitter that a "very reliable source" has told him that Kampman is coming to visit the Eagles. He did caution that Kampman's agent may be spreading the word of a visit before it happens.

Meanwhile, Andrew Brandt has a column about Kampman on National Football Post. Brandt was a vice president of finance for the Packers, served as a consultant for the Eagles last year and teaches at Wharton.

He gives Kampman high marks in general and says that his reports indicate Kampman is doing well in rehab.

Two excerpts:

I am biased here, but virtually any amount paid to Aaron will be worth it. As a strong believer that character counts, Aaron has great value beyond the field. He will instantly upgrade the character of the defensive line unit — a group that can be a bit squirrelly — and become a team leader in the process.

Kampman never took to the new 3-4 defense of Packers coordinator Dom Capers, and his relationship with a team and a defense where he had been a leader on and off the field took a downward turn. Previously an eternally positive force in the locker room, Kampman’s position switch robbed him of enthusiasm as he took an indifferent approach to the position change that did not sit well with the Packer coaches. Simply, after eight years with the Packers, it’s time for Kampman to make a change.

Also, we can (sigh) forget about running back Chester Taylor, who apparently is signing with the Bears.

This could have some impact on those Michael Vick-to-St. Louis rumors: The Rams reportedly have signed A.J. Feeley, another quarterback with Eagles ties, and much history with St. Louis offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.

Earlier we wrote about the Eagles making Leonard Weaver the league's highest-paid fullback with a three-year deal.

Les Bowen Daily News Staff Writer
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