Update: Howard Eskin threw some cold water on the Connor-to-Philly rumors. Ahhhh, NFL free agency is in the air. It’s going to be a long day:
A week ago, The News Journal’s Geoff Mosher reported that Dan Connor was on the Eagles’ radar:
Several league sources confirmed the team’s interest in the former Penn State All-American, who just finished his fourth season in Carolina, although the degree of interest remains unclear.
At least two sources close to the situation believe Connor, a native of the Delaware County suburb of Wallingford, Pa., is high on the Eagles’ wish list. But one source with direct knowledge of the Eagles’ offseason plans indicated that Connor isn’t their top choice and suggested that it’s less likely to happen, although he did acknowledge that Connor, 26, is someone the team has sought in the past.
All sources interviewed confirmed that the Eagles were interested enough in Connor last August to approach the Panthers about a trade, but Carolina’s uncertainty regarding the health of Pro Bowl middle linebacker Jon Beason made the Panthers reluctant to pull the trigger.
At the time, Beason was nursing foot and leg injuries that caused him to miss preseason time. He ended up tearing his Achilles in the season opener, propelling Connor into the starting role.
If an agreement is reached with the 6-foot-3, 233-pound Connor, the Eagles would start him in the middle, allowing Jamar Chaney to move back to the strong side, where he opened last season and where the team believes he’s best suited.
That report was a bit of a mixed message. On the one hand, “he’s high on the Eagles wish list,” but on the other, he “isn’t their top choice and suggested it’s less likely to happen.”
Yesterday, it was reported on more of a national level, as CBS’ Pete Prisco reported the same:
If the Eagles sign Connor quickly, that would be an obvious indication that he was indeed “high on the Eagles wish list.”
Connor’s career numbers are less than stellar:
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The one positive that stands out is that in 2011, he made 75 tackles in just 477 snaps. That means he made a tackle on 15.7% of the plays he was on the field. That’s the good. The bad is that he hasn’t been able to stay healthy, and hasn’t been much of a playmaker in the opportunities he’s gotten.
Connor is a 2-down player, and would certainly be a nice addition for depth, but it would concern me if the Eagles viewed him as an “answer” at LB, a move that would be reminiscent of the Eagles’ half-hearted fixes at the LB position that fans have been accustomed to in the Andy Reid era. He’d be better at MLB than anything the Eagles currently have on their roster, but that’s a pretty low bar for comparison.
Some of Connor’s game tape after the jump (some good, some bad)…