Lito wants new deal before season, agent says

Amid the conversations about Brian Westbrook's contract, Shawn Andrews' absence and the rash of injuries early in camp, there has been little discussion about Lito Sheppard's situation.

In a video interview available via SprintTV and posted on YouTube, agent Drew Rosenhaus says his new client, Sheppard, wants his contract addressed before the start of the season.

"His contract, like Brian Westbrook's, is now outdated, having outperformed the deal," Rosenhaus said. "We have talked to the Eagles and would like to work out a contract with them ... This is nothing new. This is something the Eagles have been discussing with Lito's previous agents, dating back to last year."

Sheppard, of course, is potentially facing a diminished role with the offseason acquisition of Asante Samuel. The Eagles argue that this is really just the second year of the extension Sheppard signed in 2004, which binds him through 2011. And if the $8.7 million signing bonus he got back then seems like ancient history to Sheppard today, well, that's just too bad. Of course, the other side of that coin would be that Sheppard's $2 million base salary this season is not what Pro Bowl corners with more recent deals are making.

It will be interesting to see if Rosenhaus is able to reach what he termed a "mutually benefical agreement in the near future."