Saturday, October 10, 2015

Sheppard coming to minicamp

Lito Sheppard apparently will attend the mandatory minicamp that starts tomorrow. Players are scheduled to check in later today.

Sheppard coming to minicamp


Strong indications are that Lito Sheppard does indeed plan to attend the Eagles' mandatory minicamp this weekend.

Lito Sjheppard in happier days Sheppard has been awaiting a trade that has not occurred and does not seem imminent. He could be fined if he were to sit out the minicamp, the only mandatory gathering for veterans until training camp starts in late July, but players trying to force trades or get contracts revised often use minicamp attendance as leverage. Although Eagles coach Andy Reid hinted last weekend that a revision of Sheppard's contract isn't out of the question, no such discussions are known to have taken place.

    Reid said he would speak to the two-time Pro Bowl corner this week. Sheppard is unhappy with the contract extension he signed in 2004 that locks him up through 2011 at much less money than top corners now make, including Asante Samuel, signed by the Birds as a free agent, presumably to replace Sheppard.

    Even if Sheppard continues to work under the contract he dislikes, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson faces the difficult task of finding suitable roles for Samuel, Sheppard, and longtime starter Sheldon Brown.

    Brown has not returned calls seeking comment.

   So far, the Lito situation has been much less of a circus than another salary dispute with a high-profile player a few years back. Remember that guy? Here's a bit of satire from The Onion, hypothesizing that player's reaction to his current team taking on a guy who's a bit of a character risk. (Sniff, sniff ... "That's my cornerback!")

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