This is a really strange time in the NFL: year -- probably the deadest, with lots of coaches and front office people taking vacations. OTAs are done, the top draft picks won't start signing for a few more weeks, free agency is pretty much over. Yet, we're deceptively close to the time when everybody springs into action. Rookies report to Lehigh in 32 days.
A couple of situations have resolved themselves this week, most notably, the Rams re-signing safety O.J. Atogwe, meaning Eagles fans who wanted to hand him zillions of dollars because they once heard somebody on ESPN say he was pretty good can stand down.
Also, a former Ram, quarterback Marc Bulger, signed with Baltimore. Some folks had felt that if the Eagles ever did get another team to give them a draft pick for Michael Vick, they'd move to bring in Bulger to back up Kevin Kolb. I was never sure this would have been a great idea, with Kolb an unestablished starter and Bulger very used to starting. Now it absolutely isn't going to happen.
If some team loses a QB in training camp and gets interested in Vick, I believe Jeff Garcia can still be revived from the NovaCare tank where he is kept frozen in carbonite. But given that poll this week in which Vick repeated as America's most hated athlete, you really have to wonder if the call is ever going to come.
There will be a supplemental draft for guys who weren't eligible for the regular draft for some reason or another, on July 12. You get a player by "bidding" a draft pick for next season; if your pick is the highest bid, then you forfeit that pick in 2011. An Eagles source says that as usual, there won't be any high picks expended in this year's supplemental draft. If the Birds get involved, it will be way toward the bottom.
As Tommy Lawlor points out in this Igglesblog piece, the Eagles already have 13 drafted rookies and at least a few underafted guys they like (Chad Hall, Martell Mallett, etc.) Where the heck would they put the guy they would have just spent one of next year's draft picks acquiring? That's the season the NFL is talking about expanding, not the rosters.
Lawlor does a good job of explaining why the Eagles probably aren't very interested in BYU running back Harvey Unga.
Over at the National Football Post, Andrew Brandt examines what the rookies drafted by the NBA tonight will get, vs. the financial setup for NFL draftees. One problem in comparing NFL salaries with those of any other team sport is that none of the other sports has a 53-man roster, of course.