By: Billy Beerslugger
So most if not all of Eagles fans were disappointed with the lack of signing big ticket free agents or trades this offseason. We just traded for one of the best left-tackles in football and all I hear on 610 WIP is, “We could have used that pick to trade for Braylon or Anquan Boldin”. I’m hip to that, I want a top flight receiver in Philadelphia like I want Charlize Theron to make me a Turkey Sandwich while completely naked. I think Donovan McNabb is saying the same thing.
What the Eagles have done this offseason is nothing write off though. They lost their two 10 year plus with the Eagles tackles and they just reloaded with Stacey Andrews and Jason Peters. All indications to me, that’s an upgrade all around at the tackle position. The lay person has no idea how important it is to have a good offesive and defensive line. Then, an afterthought in the Birds free agent signings, Leonard Weaver is the first true fullback we’ve had in Philadelphia since Jon Ritchie. Is that going to upgrade the running game. Simply put, YES!
We’ve got the 21st pick in the first round of the draft. Look for the Birds to select a running back to complement/replace a 30 year old Brian Westbrook. As I’ve said before I’m McLovin Knowshown Moreno. Do not think that the Eagles are going to trade that first rounder for Anquan or Braylon, it’s not happening. Though the Eagles do have a 2nd round pick and other draft pick ammunition that could lure Tony Gonzalez or Chad Ocho Cinqo to Philadelphia. You can consider Reggie Brown part of that ammunition as well.
If the Eagles come out of this offseason with two tackles, a capable running back with an upside (not Ryan Moats or Tony Hunt), a true fullback and either Ocho Stinko or Tony Gonzalez it’s an A+ offseason. Right now I think they’re sitting in the B- range depending on what transpires in the draft. All is not lost, there’s definitely a light at the end of the tunnell in what looks like an open race for NFC supremacy.
And for a little prognostication from the Beerslugger himself, Matthew Stafford will have a career similar to that of Jay Cutler. They both have talent but need to be in the right system and surrounded by a good amount of playmakers to win. Mark Sanchez I believe will be another in a long line of USC QB’s taken in the first round that will be considered a bust. I don’t think Mark Sanchez has the skills to make it in the NFL just like I questioned whether Matt Leinert would be able to flourish. Considering they both wore the same knee brace in college I’m going to guess Mark Sanchez makes more headlines about getting hurt then he does with his play. But I’ve been wrong before, like when I was Pro Communism and Racism.