EAGLES ACQUIRE HOBBS
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EAGLES ACQUIRE HOBBS
One day after saying he felt Sheldon Brown would take a professional approach to his bitter contract dispute with the Eagles, coach Andy Reid acquired a veteran cornerback.
The Eagles sent two fifth-round picks -- 137 and 141 overall -- to New England for Ellis Hobbs, a former third-round pick who was a starter for the Patriots in 2007 and 2008.
The addition of Hobbs gives the Eagles both of New England's starting cornerbacks from the team that went 16-0 in the regular season two years ago. The other, of course, is Asante Samuel, who signed a $57 million deal with the Eagles as a free agent before the 2008 season.
Hobbs, who turns 26 next month, has nine career interceptions, including three last season.
According to an Eagles source, this move does not mean the Eagles are going to trade Brown, who went public with a trade request Monday and made some strong statements in various media outlets the remainder of the week.
Like Brown, Hobbs said he isn't thrilled about his own contract. Hobbs, however, has just one year left on his rookie five-year contract with the Patriots. He will make $2.545 million in 2009.
"It's definitely frustrating when you see guys making certain amounts of money that you think you should get just as well and you deserve," Hobbs said. "That's especially true with some of the injuries I've played through: a torn shoulder, a torn groin. To take some of the blows I did from (Patriots fans) and to put it on the line day in and day out when I know some of the guys weren't doing that and to get the money I was getting, you're definitely not happy with it. It is what it is and I'm getting paid more than a lot of people in this world, so that will come."
Hobbs said he would be willing to extend his relationship beyond one season with the Eagles.
"If we can make this my home, I would definitely love to be here," he said. "I know it's not going to come easy. You have to go out there and prove it. Nobody wants a paper champ. These guys have seen me and the coaches said every time they watch film, there I am showing up and making plays."