UPDATED: The Eagles announced that cornerback Ellis Hobbs and linebacker Chris Gocong have signed their tenders and received 1-year contracts. Both players had been restricted free agents.
Hobbs, acquired in a trade during last year's draft from New England, was tendered at the first-round level. Gocong, a third-round pick, was tendered at the third-round level.
That leaves punter Sav Rocca, offensive guard/center Nick Cole, guard Max Jean-Gilles and linebacker Omar Gaither as restricted free agents who have not signed their tenders. The deadline is April 15.
Raiders sources are denying an offer for Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, the San Jose Mercury News reported today, despite reports from Yahoo Sports and ESPN that term the Raiders the front-runner for McNabb's services. In fact, despite a lot of internet speculation, nothing tangible has emerged from a week of McNabb trade rumors. It seems quite possible the McNabb situation will drift along at least until the week of the NFL draft, which starts April 22.
"Two Raiders employees remain steadfast that the Raiders haven't even spoken with the Eagles about McNabb, who is in the final year of his contract," the Merc reports.
Those same Raiders sources also said cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha "isn't available for trade." His name had been reported as part of a potential compensation package for McNabb.
Of course, the Raiders are somewhat of a dysfunctional organization so only time will tell. Teams have denied reports and then they turn out to be true.
Meanwhile, Oakland Tribune NFL writer Jerry McDonald weighed in on why McNabb is a bad idea for the Raiders. His conclusion: "With his age and contract status, McNabb is not the longterm answer to the Raiders problems. He’s a very expensive band-aid."
Here is one more view from the Bay Area: San Francisco Chronicle columnist Ray Ratto also weighs in on why acquiring McNabb is only a temporary fix
McNabb and four other Eagles did not report yesterday for the first day of the non-mandatory offseason conditioning program for veterans at the NovaCare Complex, ESPN reported.
Unless he is rehabbing an injury, McNabb traditionally does his offseason workouts in Arizona, with the team's blessing.
Sheldon Brown, Asante Samuel and Sav Rocca were among the others who didn't check in.
Brown has been unhappy with his contract. Last week at the owners meetings, coach Andy Reid said the Eagles have gotten "a few" inquiries about Brown. "The nice thing with Sheldon is he’s still under contract and been able to make a living," Reid added. "We’ll just take it from there. We’ll see what happens over time." A source close to Brown told the Daily News that he did not read much into Reid's comments.
Rocca usually spends his offseasons in his native Australia and returns to the U.S. a few weeks before the minicamp. He has not signed his tender so he is not under contract and not obligated to attend.
The other note about the offseason program is that the Eagles have hired a new strength and conditioning staff.