Why Haven't the Philadelphia Eagles Called Jon Runyan?

Joe MintzerCorrespondent IOctober 24, 2009

Philadelphia Eagles tackle Jon Runyan  directs a first down    September 8, 2003 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers  defeated the Eagles 17 - 0 to open the season on Monday Night football.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

This seems like an obvious move to make. The Eagles o-line is pretty much made out of Swiss cheese. It seems like there is a new injury every week.

The Eagles line was supposed to be dominant. They brought in Jason Peters, a pro bowl left tackle. They brought in a Stacy Andrews, a serviceable guard. Shawn Andrews was going to move to tackle because Andy Reid claimed he was one of the best tackles he'd ever seen. Todd Herremans was supposed to be healthy. Heck, the only o-lineman staying healthy on this team is the center Jamaal Jackson.

As of now, the Eagles starting right tackle is Winston Justice. Why? Why? Why start Winston Justice when a short phone call could land Jon Runyan. Runyan was a battleship for the Eagles for eight years. He played hurt, he made the pro-bowl, he was smart, and Philadelphia loved him. And now, he wants to play.

Why not sign him? What could the Eagles possibly lose by signing him? It's not like they have to throw him a monster contract! He'll come cheap and he knows the offense perfectly.

I am absolutely baffled. Their offensive line looked like a Pop Warner line against the Raiders. It was ridiculous. What is even more ridiculous is the fact that Jon Runyan is sitting at home, dying to play football and the Eagles aren't calling!

I just don't understand it. I really would like to smack Andy Reid in the face. The No. 1 thing on the Eagles mind right now has to be the offensive line. Protect Donovan. Give him time to throw. If Winston Justice can't do that (he can't), the Eagles need to get Jon Runyan on the phone...NOW.