What they're saying about the Eagles
The news of the day is that the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the league, meaning the lockout can continue. From what I can gather, this doesn't change much.
What they're saying about the Eagles
The news of the day is that the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the league, meaning the lockout can continue.
From what I can gather, this doesn't change much (Pro Football Talk writeup here), and the two sides will continue to hammer out a deal.
As we continue to wait, here is the weekly roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles:
ESPN.com's John Clayton thinks the Eagles would make sense as Plaxico Burress' next team:
Burress won't be in the position to be too picky, but he does need to choose the right type of team. He's missed two years of football and is going to be 34 this season. There is no way he can expect to be a 16-game starter. He needs to find a situation in which he's a third or a fourth receiver. That's why I think Philadelphia is a nice fit.
FoxSports.com is allowing fans to vote on the greatest player ever for each franchise. The guys on the ballot for the Eagles are Chuck Bednarik, Brian Dawkins, Steve Van Buren, Reggie White and Donovan McNabb. Here's their writeup for McNabb:
Though his time in Philadelphia was always controversial, McNabb was also the biggest winner at quarterback in franchise history. No, he never carried the Eagles to a Super Bowl crown, but under his watch (1999-2009) the Birds reached five NFC Championship games and won four NFC East titles. The six-time Pro Bowl passer ranks as the organization’s all-time leader in completions, attempts, touchdown passes and wins – and always handled the tough times with class, from being booed by some of his own team’s fans on draft day to dealing with the destructive duo of Terrell Owens and Drew Rosenhaus.
McNabb was booed at the draft? Huh... never heard that.
Moving on, Len Pasquarelli of CBSSports.com advises against the Seahawks giving up a first-round pick for Kevin Kolb:
Given his youth and promise, Kolb might well be worth a first-round choice when the lockout ends and the trade moratorium is lifted. But projecting a quarterback with such a limited body of work is tricky business. And if history is an indication, the Seahawks, of any other team interested, probably can't be sure the price is right.
Jason La Canfora of NFL.com says the Broncos and Brian Dawkins may need to restructure his contract:
When Dawkins signed a five-year deal with Denver in 2009, it really was a two-year pact, which makes sense at this stage of his Hall of Fame-caliber career. The contract was backloaded with big salaries he never really would achieve. Dawkins loves being with the Broncos, and they love him. They will explore how to make this work after the lockout because it doesn't make sense to be paying Ed Reed money at this stage of Dawkins' career.
According to The Sporting News, there's a trend that favors the Eagles: The last five Super Bowl champions failed to win a playoff game the previous year. The article puts the Birds on a list with the Patriots, Chargers, Giants and Saints as teams that could continue the trend next season.
Greg Cosell of NFL Films seems to think pretty highly of Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor. Per Ross Tucker's Twitter account, Cosell said: "Not as much of a difference btw Nnamdi & Ike Taylor as many think."
Tucker added that Taylor played more man coverage last year than ever before, something the Eagles will need out of their right cornerback.
And Taylor, of course, will come at a discounted price.