Update: Click here for an update on the Ward/Houshmandzadeh news.
With the loss of Brian Dawkins to Denver and the Lito Sheppard trade, there was no shortage of Eagles news Saturday.
And according to one report, it was even busier than we thought.
The Denver Post reports that the Eagles brought in Giants running back Derrick Ward for a visit Saturday.
Per Mike Klis, Ward is visiting with the Broncos today and has also met with the Bengals.
Ironic that Ward could be in a position to either replace Correll Buckhalter in Philadelphia or play alongside him in Denver.
Joe Fortenbaugh reports that the Bucs and Texans have also expressed interest in Ward.
He'll be 29 before the start of the 2009 season and ran for a career-high 1,025 yards last year. Ward's ability as a receiver also adds to his appeal. He caught 41 balls for 384 yards in 2008.
Meanwhile, original reports out of Denver were that the team signed both Buckhalter and Cardinals running back J.J. Arrington. However, there's been a snag with Arrington's contract, according to Klis and Lindsay H. Jones of The Denver Post. The agreement is not dead yet, but it's obviously not a done deal. That explains why the Broncos are bringing in Ward.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh tells Joe Reedy of The Cincinnati Enquirer he'll make a decision Sunday evening in regards to where he'll play in 2009.
Per the report, he has met with the Vikings and the Seahawks. Reedy also says ESPN reported last night that Houshmandzadeh would visit the Eagles and the Bucs.
Check back with philly.com later for updates from The Inquirer, Daily News and yours truly.
Feel free to e-mail me if you hear or see news that would be of interest to the group. Several of you did this yesterday when the Dawkins news broke, and I appreciate it.
Editor's note: In the initial post, we said the National Football Post was also reporting that Ward had visited Philadelphia, but that is not true. They just reported that the Eagles had expressed interest. Moving the Chains regrets the error.