"There's somethin' happenin' here, what it is ain't exactly clear..."
It seems as if the fire sale in Philadelphia continues. In my last article, I asked who needs the moving truck next. Paging Sheldon Brown and Chris Gocong, your ride is here.
As of today, April 2, 2010, the Eagles now own ten draft picks, at least one in every round. The Cleveland Browns dealt Alex Hall, a linebacker (6'--5", 260ish), and a fourth and fifth round picks to the Eagles for Sheldon Brown and Chris Gocong. As has been repeatedly reported, the Birds may not be done yet, so keep checking the websites and blogs.
This trade is by no means a shocker. It was reported recently by a few writers that this deal was waiting for Brown to agree to an extension before it was consumated. The Gocong--to--Browns deal has been in the works for some time now, as Bleacher Report's Leo Pizzini speculated weeks ago.
It also was no secret that Brown was unhappy with his current contract situation with the Eagles. He laid out of "voluntary" workouts last year, but did report for training camp on time and had a decent year (Pro Bowl nod). An eight year veteran at cornerback for the Eagles, Brown played with an injury but fought through it and proved his toughness and determination.
"Battle lines being drawn, nobody's right if everybody's wrong..."
So now the Eagles have released or traded, and/or are rumored to be trading, quite a number of veteran players. General Manager Howie Roseman says "We're trying to win now...rebuilding is NOT in our vocabulary". This statement seems "fishy" to me, due to the fact that the Eagles are either heavily relying on new, younger players or that they are stockpiling draft picks to acquire veteran players that fit the system better (read: cheaper? signable? smarter? hungrier?).
The quarterback situation aside, it looks like the Birds are positioning themselves to be major "playah's" in this years draft. With still some trade--able players and now a bevy of picks at their disposal, it makes one wonder what is up the sleeves of the folks in the war room. It's lining up to be a doozy come the next three weeks...sheeesh...
In another related thought, it further fuels the message boarders and bloggers to be speculating on what the Eagles have on tap, just waiting for the right moment to spring the trap on additional moves. This can only lead to divided camps of thought, some on this side, and other's on that side.
The clincher would be if Andy Reid comes clean and announces that this story is true, or that story is false. Surprisingly, and thus far totally out of his character, Andy is being silent when he usually is vocal, and vice--versa on matters that have been confidential since his arrival as Head Coach. If things were false, he would say so, and if they were true, he'd say "we'll see". Mixed signals from Big Red (and Gray in the temples) so far.
"Singing songs and carrying signs, mostly saying hooray for our side..."
The fire sale indeed continues. At least a dozen or more former Eagle players have "flew the coop". Only a few (McNabb, Akers, Mikell, Jackson, maybe 1 or 2 others) players remain from the 2004 Super Bowl team. If Mr. Roseman insists that the Eagles are trying to win now, then they will do so with precious few hold overs with playoff experience. The rest, apparently, will be younger guys that better get it in gear quickly if Roseman's statement is to hold water.
The fan's are going to need a program each time the Birds take the field. It will almost seem like the "strike year" where unfamiliar players are wearing numbers on their jerseys that once belonged to familiar "fan favorites". The loyalty of some of the fans will be sorely tested, and you just KNOW that some will be vocal in regards to which side of the issue they are on.
Thanks to The Buffalo Springfield for the theme this time. The song, entitled "Oh, Well", fits the continuing trend of the mass exodus of players we all knew so well. Hey, fans, we got (or are getting) some new faces to root for. It may be the same old song and dance of a product on the field, but, as they say...