The reality of business in the NFL is set in The City of Brotherly Love once again. Day one of the free agency period seemed like hospice.
"We lost him."
"It's not quite official yet."
"There's still a chance."
"Doesn't look good."
On Day two, the official facts came to fruition yesterday afternoon.
"Brian Dawkins has signed a 5 year deal with the Denver Broncos."
Not my favorite player!! He can't leave!! This is absurd!!!
Five years is a bit long for a guy who'll be 36 in the fall. But in reality, Dawkins should've never became a free agent on Feb. 27. He should've received a more realistic offer from the Eagles front office (2 years/$8-9 million would've probably kept him) instead of the one year insult he alledged was proposed. But, the bottomline is he's not a Philadelphia Eagle any longer.
The two "other" major deals involving the Birds were also pending (due to player physicals) from Friday. The Eagles addressed part of their void on the offensive line by signing tackle/guard Stacy Andrews (Shawn's older brother) from the Cincinnati Bengals. They also traded disgruntled cornerback Lito Sheppard to the New York Jets for a 2009 fifth round pick and a conditional 2010 pick.
Personally, I like both of these deals. I was one of the people keeping tabs on Stacy's ACL status. When it was reported that he was ahead of schedule in his rehab, I thought it was the Eagles best chance to replace Jon Runyan. His size, age, and potential to form the NFL's best right side of an O-line made him the best option outside of the draft.
Lito's deal was actually overdue. He should've been traded last year the a third rounder was offered. That's neither here or there. The Eagles got the best deal outside of packaging him in a deal with another player and/or a draft pick.
Now that those deals are out the way, the question is: WHAT DO THE EAGLES DO NEXT??
I wanted the Eagles to go after center/guard Jason Brown from the Baltimore Ravens. Unfortunately, his agent communicated early with the St. Louis Rams. Instead of shopping his client around to compare offers, Brown signed with the Rams on the first day. The Eagles were interested, but just not fast enough.
Due to his agent trying to trick the Eagles' front office into overpaying for him, the little bit of interest the Eagles had in Bengal wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh pretty much went out the window.
Put those two with Dawkins and you have three capable players that could make a huge difference not on the roster. All of them due to the agents and/or a self-proclaimed "cap experts" are making sure they get the most money out of the deals. The football guys who know how to put a winning team on the field having the least power and that's the sad truth about the NFL business.