Friday, March 27, 2015

The Eagles' WR situation

The Eagles started the 2009 season with seven wide receivers. As they put the roster together for 2010, only four remain. What are their options with the receiving corps going forward?

The Eagles' WR situation

Remember back in September when the Eagles surprised us all by keeping seven wide receivers after they made final cuts?

Well, let's just say things change quickly in the NFL. Only four of the seven remain now that the team has announced that it's traded Reggie Brown to the Bucs for an undisclosed draft pick in 2011. Multiple outlets are reporting that the Eagles will get a sixth-rounder in return.

The Birds' top three receivers are set for years to come: DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant, who signed a new deal with the team earlier today.

Beyond that though, there are roster spots available. Kevin Curtis is due $3.4M with a $1M roster bonus on June 1. He only saw action in three regular-season games in 2009. After returning from injury to face the 49ers in Week 15, Curtis was inactive for the final two weeks of the regular season and the playoffs. Plus he turns 32 in July.

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The only other receivers on the roster are Dobson Collins, who the team signed in January after he spent most of last season on the practice squad, and Jordan Norwood, the Penn State product, who saw action in one game last season.

If they add a veteran, that player would have to be comfortable knowing he is going to be no more than the fourth wide receiver. That player could be Curtis at a lesser price.

As we mentioned Sunday, Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that the Eagles are one of the teams showing interest in Hank Baskett.

Or the Eagles could address the position in the draft. Last year, they selected Brandon Gibson in the sixth round, and he impressed everyone at training camp. Gibson was traded to the Rams, where he caught 34 balls for 348 yards. If they could find someone like him again, they'd be in good shape.

Other notes:

* According to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, Will Witherspoon will visit with the Titans Tuesday. The Eagles released Witherspoon on Friday, but in a radio interview on Friday, Andy Reid said there's "a chance" the team could look into bringing him back at a lesser price.

* And Terrell Owens will stop by Cincy Tuesday to visit with the Bengals, according to Schefter. We demand that if he signs there, Hard Knocks has to focus on the Bengals once again this summer. Any other squad would be a letdown.

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