The Offseason Targets for the Philadelphia Eagles

chris klinknerSenior Writer IFebruary 8, 2009

T.J. Houshmandzadeh and his 9.8 yards per catch average is little more than a rich team's Jason Avant.

Anquan Boldin is going to cost Roy Williams' type draft picks and contract money. You also can't overlook the me-first tantrum he threw after his team won the NFC Championship.

Julius Peppers is a freak, but to this fan his signing would bring back bad memories of the other Freak. Plus the Eagles finished third in the NFL in sacks last season, so pressuring the QB is not a real concern.

I am not inventing the wheel here when I say that the Eagles top two offseason targets (outside of the draft) should be signing Jordon Gross and trading for Tony Gonzalez.

Yea I know signing an OT isn't a sexy move, but it is the smartest move for the Eagles. You wanna run the ball, well you need blocking. You wanna be a pass happy offense, well you need someone to protect No. 5. Gross answers both of these needs.

And unlike the WR and DE positions (where the Eagles have some depth and talent) there is no current solution at OT. Runyan will be coming off surgery and Thomas got abused this post season. Plus signing Gross allows the Eagles to use their first round picks on skill position players and we all saw how successful such a draft plan can be with DeSean.

Tony Gonzalez equals red zone production. Enough of the Eagles dominance between the 20s and then having to settle for only three points. In the past three seasons (2006-'08) the Eagles' TEs caught a combined 14 touchdowns. Last season alone Gonzalez had 10 TDs playing with nobody QBs. Celek may have shown us something in the post-season, but he ain't no Gonzalez.

Gross, Gonzalez, and a first round's really that simple (I hope)!