With all effort being put towards solidifying the O-line this offseason, most fans think it’s time to start finding a new home for the ball once it leaves Donovan McNabb’s hands and the line of scrimmage.
Let’s discuss the options:
1. Trade (potentially) a first and third-round pick for Anquan Boldin.
The thinking here is that he is already an established WR and would be the perfect powerful complement to a small and speedy DeSean Jackson. He would be the receiver with the size that would allow him to fight for those extra few yards, and a big target for McNabb.
The downside to this would be the loss of the Eagles’ final first-round pick and two picks overall. The Eagles love their draft picks, so while other teams may all but give their draft picks away, it is very hard for Philly. Plus, they would have a write up a new contract for Boldin, which after the Jason Peters trade probably doesn’t sound very appetizing to the front office.
2. Package draft picks to move up in the draft (if needed) to choose Knowshon Moreno.
Taking a “wait and see” approach to whether or not Moreno will be around at number 21 may cost the Eagles dearly—or it could very well pay off for them. It’s a gamble. Moreno is projected to be taken at the mid to late first round, but he could go sooner.
Moreno would be perfect for the Eagles. I believe I’ve been through this before, so I won’t repeat myself (too much). He is a dominate, Westbrook-like player who is an all-around threat. In the past two seasons, he has made 53 catches.
3. Take Brandon Pettigrew with the 21st over all pick.
If you ask Brent Celek, he will tell you the Eagles will take Moreno and then he will assure you that they are not in need of a TE. I beg to differ. Celek really did show signs of his potential last year when he replaced LJ Smith, but his blocking leaves something to be desired.
Brandon Pettigrew is being touted as the only complete blocking and receiving tight end in the draft. Having him on the line would only help the team and add depth to a position that has been lacking.
4. Trade a second or third round pick for Tony Gonzalez from Kansas City.
A deal was this close to being finalized last year, but it fell apart at the last minute. Even last year, the Eagles recognized their need at this position. Granted, Gonzalez is 33 and probably only has a few years left in him, but I think a third round for him would be a great deal for a player that would make an immediate impact on the team.
The guy can block, and he can catch. He had a great season last year where he caught 96 passes. He is an established player and would be a great fit for the Eagles for a few years.
In my dream world, the Eagles would find a way to get Moreno and Gonzalez, but in reality, any of these scenarios would make Philadelphia a better team overall and a bigger offensive threat on a team that already has a terrifying defense.
Most of the major holes in the team have been filled, and I think it’s about time they add a little excitement to the mix.