Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sheldon gets paid; Asante's tackling

The trade of Eagles cornerback Sheldon Brown to Cleveland last month was contingent on Brown agreeing to a restructured contract with the Browns, something the Eagles were unwilling to offer.

Sheldon gets paid; Asante's tackling

The trade of Eagles cornerback Sheldon Brown to Cleveland last month was contingent on Brown agreeing to a restructured contract with the Browns, something the Eagles were unwilling to offer.

Details of that contract have emerged with the key point being a $5 million signing bonus that Brown, 31, received after the trade, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. The Browns did not extend the deal beyond its original expiration in 2012, but added the bonus and made some minor adustments.

The contract essentially becomes a 3-year, $15.25 million deal with base salaries of $2.5 million in 2010, $3.5 million in 2011 and $4.25 million in 2012, plus the bonus.

Brown is fighting for a starting spot with first-round pick Joe Haden and Eric Wright.

Brown's expected repacement as the starter opposite Asante Samuel is Ellis Hobbs. The Eagles opted not to use a high draft pick on a cornerback, selecting Kentucky's Trevard Lindley in the fourth round.

As Paul Domowitch wrote after the draft, the Eagles' cornerback situation will be a focus of questions heading into the season:

"A ballhawk who can't tackle and doesn't like to play press coverage (Samuel). An undersized guy coming off a serious neck injury (Hobbs). A rookie with durability issues and without elite speed (Lindley).

"A 'tweener coming off his second ACL tear in as many seasons (Marlin Jackson) and may or may not have lost a step. Another 'tweener with so-so speed who was drafted as a corner, but was moved to safety (Macho Harris).

"On the other side of the line in 2010, a Murderer's Row list of opposing quarterbacks, including seven guys who threw at least 26 touchdown passes last season. Buckle your seat belts. If the pass rush isn't as good as Reid hopes it will be, it could be a bumpy ride." 

As you might expect, the subject of Samuel's tackling was brought up during the Media Chalk Talk with the Eagles' coordinators at the NovaCare Complex on Tuesday night.

Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said Samuel "personally recognizes" that tackling is a weakness and he said the coaches are working with him on it to improve.

Asked how a veteran player could be lacking in a basic area, McDermott said that coaches can never get away from teaching fundamentals.

McDermott said there are three kinds of coaches: guys who teach scheme, guys who teach fundamentals and guys who teach both. He said he hopes to be a guy who teaches both.

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