– What are the Jaguars thinking? First they go out and sign Laurent Robinson to a ridiculous 5 year deal worth $32.5 million. And now, they sign Aaron Ross away from the Giants for a 3 year deal worth “up to” $15.3 million? While the details of the deal aren’t in yet, I’m pretty confident in already proclaiming that I don’t like it. Ross is a below average starting cornerback in the NFL, and frankly, if it hadn’t been for Osi Umenyiora’s outstanding strip of Aaron Rodgers in the 3rd quarter of the Packers-Giants playoff game, Ross would have been absolutely roasted for an embarrassing TD. It would have been one of those instances where the corner isn’t within 5 yards of the receiver jogging into the end zone. Who knows how that game turns out with Umenyiora not bailing out his teammate? Ross was the beneficiary of the Giants’ strong pass rush last season. Put him on a team that doesn’t get to the QB as quickly as the Giants do, and it could get ugly. Check out Ross at the top of the screen:
– LaRon Landry is now out of the NFC East. Rich Tandler of Real Redskins broke down his career with the Redskins. Good stuff – summarizes him well.
– I stumbled upon a very weird, yet oddly funny website, called the National Foodball League. That’s “Foodball,” with a D. Just go.
– Former Eagle and Redskin Donte Stallworth signed with the Patriots yesterday. His career the last 8 years:
- 2005: Saints
- 2006: Eagles
- 2007: Patriots
- 2008: Browns
- 2009: Suspended
- 2010: Ravens
- 2011: Redskins
- 2012: Patriots
– A couple things I wrote elsewhere:
- The Eagles have the best offensive line in the division, and it’s not even remotely close
- NFL GM’s and head coaches probably care less about Brandon Weeden’s age than the rest of us
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– Shocked to see Mario Manningham only got a 2 year deal. Details aren’t in yet on how much money he’ll make, but 2 years is very surprising. Give me the choice between him and Laurent Robinson, and I’m taking Manningham. Crazy that Robinson gets a $32.5 million deal, and Manningham’s market was so soft.
– The Eagles signed a couple backup offensive linemen in Mike Gibson and Steve Vallos. You probably won’t hear me talk about them again until training camp.
– I’m mildly surprised King Dunlap hasn’t gotten a sniff (that I know of) from any other teams in free agency. He’s been very good in his role the past two years as a swing tackle with Philly. I thought there was a chance some team out there might see him as a possible starter (although a low-end one). Evidently not.
– Just a hunch, but I think today is the day the LB market begins to heat up.
– SI’s Jim Trotter sees the Eagles as one of the 4 teams that make the most sense for Tim Tebow:
This one makes so much sense to me that there’s no way it happens. One, Eagles coach Andy Reid is prone to do the unpredictable (see, Michael Vick, 2009; or Vince Young, 2010). Two, Tebow has many of the same qualities as Vick (mobile, lefthanded, strong-armed). Three, switching to Tebow from Vick if Vick were to sustain an injury – he has missed at least three games because of injury in each of his three seasons in Philadelphia – would not require a major adjustment to play-calling or blocking schemes. Again, it makes so much sense that it will never happen.
He’s lefty, strong arm, mobile. OMGZ! IT’S THE SAME GUY! OK, so even if you buy that premise (and I don’t), here’s the rub: Let’s say Jason Pierre-Paul lays out Michael Vick during a game. Vick breaks a couple ribs and can’t return. In comes Tebow. While the Eagles don’t have to make any drastic in-game scheme changes, neither does the defense. If you’re the Giants, you can just stay with the same gameplan, except now you’re simply facing half the player.