• Somebody asked me if the Eagles should consider trading their 2nd round pick for Chiefs OT Branden Albert. The short answer: No, they should not. My buddy Gimpy got into that a little bit at Scouts Notebook:
Rumors say that the Chiefs are willing to trade LT Branden Albert for a high 2nd. There should be several teams on the phone with them if true. If Albert’s health checks out, he’ll only be 28 when the season starts. You can easily get 4-5 years of good LT play out of Albert. That’s worth a high 2nd round pick. If that pick enables you to go after someone else with your 1st round pick instead of chasing a LT, you’re in much better shape. Miami, Detroit, San Diego, and Arizona would be good destinations.
I’ll agree that the Eagles would be far down the list of interested teams. But also, you have to consider Albert’s contract. He’s on his franchise tag season making just under $10 million, so if you trade for him, you also have to work out a lucrative long term deal as well, likely somewhere in the $8 mil/season range, or more. Plus, a Chiefs fan asked Albert on Twitter if he would be open to playing RT. Albert’s reply: “Nope.” In Philly, obviously Jason Peters is the LT. It’s just not a fit.
On a side note, within that same column, I also agree 100% with Gimpy’s take on Pittsburgh passing on a 3rd round pick to retain Emmanuel Sanders.
• The Eagles released Trent Edwards. (Sniff). Watching Edwards in minicamp last year was brutal. He was consistently missing receivers who were doing nothing more than running the route tree… with no defense on the field. I didn’t think he was even going to last until training camp. Somehow he was able to stick, he improved drastically in camp, outperformed Mike Kafka, and made the team. Good for him. I wonder if some team will like him as a 3, or if his NFL career is over.
• Hakeem Nicks appears to be healthy and running full speed. The Giants sorely missed “healthy Hakeem Nicks” last season. Nicks is beginning to remind me of Miles Austin, and by that I mean a great receiver… when healthy… who is willing to play through pain, but always seems to be battling some kind of nagging injury.
• Charean Williams of the Star-Telegram talked a little bit about the WRs in this draft and possible interest from the Cowboys. I think we largely agree that it’s a longshot the Cowboys will go that route early. However, once you get into rounds 4-7, you’re not looking for immediate help in those rounds, or at least you shouldn’t be. That’s when you take the best players, regardless of position. So if the Cowboys really like a guy in this deep WR draft, a mid-late round pick could make sense.
• Apparently, Cowboys fans don’t like it when you say something negative about Jason Witten. OK, so I knew that already. To be clear from that article yesterday, nobody is saying Witten isn’t a great TE. But he’s not a guy that made many splash plays last season, and I’m of the opinion that large number of his catches were like “empty calories.” Great player, just not a player I fear. I was accused of “click-baiting,” but it’s not really that bold a statement.
• Brian Orakpo thinks that he’s 100%. In Philly you hear a lot about Jason Peters’ progress and his return, and of course in DC, RG3 dominates the “returning injured guy” talk. Orakpo has sort of flown under the radar, relatively speaking, which is crazy for a guy who made the Pro Bowl each of his first two years in the league. Orakpo played at least 900 snaps in each of his last 3 seasons, before playing just 87 in 2012. This will be the most important season of Orakpo’s career, as he is slated to become a free agent in 2014. He has some things to prove, in my opinion.
I’ll be ramping up the content here within the next few days. Apologies for the one-a-days lately. Recently I’ve been working on a project that has taken up and enormous amount of time.