Birds add receiver and quarterback


As teams continued to add undrafted free agents in the hours after the draft, the Eagles agreed to terms with wide receiver Blue Cooper from Tennessee-Chattanooga, according to a report in the Chattanoogan.

As a senior, Cooper made 84 catches (third-most in school history) for 824 yards and seven touchdowns, including a career-high 16 catches in a 24-20 win against Western Carolina.

For his career, he had 152 catches for 1,790 career yards and 14 touchdowns. He is fourth in career receptions, eighth in career receiving yards and tied for fifth in receiving touchdowns.



Former Eagles running back Brian Westbrook was in St. Louis yesterday for a physical, but the Rams cautioned that a signing was not imminent.

"Brian is here just because we want to do the physical," Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo told reporters. "We want to do that part of it. But then we'll see where it goes from there. It's way, way early in the stage."

The Green Bay Packers also are said to be among a small group of three or four teams interested in the 30-year-old running back.

The Rams did not select a running back during the draft.


The Eagles have landed on their fourth quarterback for the upcoming minicamp, agreeing to terms with Purdue's Joey Elliott as an undrafted free agent, according to the Courier-Press in Evansville, Ill.

Elliott threw for 3,026 yards and 22 touchdowns in his one season as a starter.

"They are going to give me an opportunity," he told the newspaper. "All I wanted was a chance. You never know what will happen."

The Eagles have Kevin Kolb, Michael Vick and fourth-round pick Mike Kafka, from Northwestern, on the roster.

The Birds also are bringing in Purdue cornerback David Pender.

The team is likely to release a full list later today. The Eagles went into the draft with 58 players and drafted 13. They need to be at 80 for minicamp, which starts Friday.


Home from NovaCare late Saturday night, watching ESPN's "Baseball Tonight" in the forlorn hope that they might actually show Phillies highlights, your Eagletarian was subjected to the seamhead panelists discussing the differences between the football and baseball drafts. The thesis seemed to be that baseball players are less ready for the majors when they are drafted BECAUSE BASEBALL IS SUCH AN INTRICATE, DIFFICULT, NUANCED SPORT.

From a state of near-sleep, I was suddenly awake. Let's see. Everybody drafted by the NFL this past weekend played college football, many of the players spending five years in post-high school programs. In baseball, some guys get drafted right out of high school, others play a couple years in college, almost nobody of any consequence spends four or five years in a college baseball program. And the level of college baseball vs. major league baseball? With at least half the really good college-age prospects either playing in the pros or in the Domincan or something? Aluminum bats, etc?

Yeah, right, fellas, baseball prospects go to the minors first because their sport is so SPECIAL. 

Couldn't be because they draft players who are on average several years younger, or anything.