Philadelphia Eagles: 5 Players Who May Not Return for the 2011 Season
If there is going to be a 2011 NFL season, the Philadelphia Eagles are going to have to start making roster moves very soon.
Their biggest roster moves will likely take place in the upcoming NFL Draft.
The Eagles are currently taking offers for quarterback Kevin Kolb. If Kolb is in fact traded, it will most likely be on draft day.
On the defensive side of the ball, questions still remain. In fact, more questions have probably come up since the firing of Sean McDermott and the hiring of offensive-minded Juan Castillo as the defensive coordinator.
On special teams (K, P, KR, PR), the only player set at his position is DeSean Jackson at punt returner.
With the new additions that the Eagles will make this offseason, these five players may not return to the team.
5. Trevor Laws
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Trevor Laws had a rough season in 2010.
He was lost in the Eagles' defensive-line rotation for a good chunk of the season.
He has not lived up to the hype that surrounds an early second-round draft pick.
Laws, who was expected to be a starter by now, is the fourth defensive tackle on the Eagles depth chart.
Knowing Andy Reid, he will select a few linemen early in the draft.
If Laws does not have a good camp, he may be the odd man out.
4. Stewart Bradley
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Stewart Bradley has been one of the leaders on the Eagles defense ever since he started at middle linebacker.
After a few years when the Eagles were trying to find a replacement for Jeremiah Trotter, Bradley stepped in and played well.
He had a good 2008 season in which he recorded 86 tackles. He missed all of 2009 with a torn ACL.
Last year started out well, but Bradley's size was constantly exposed to opposing offenses.
Bradley struggled to break away from bigger offensive linemen.
When an injury to Bradley kept him out for a few weeks last season, Jamar Chaney filled in and performed well for a rookie.
With the emergence of Chaney last year, Bradley may be pushed out of the middle linebacker spot or even off the team.
3. Marlin Jackson
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Marlin Jackson was signed last offseason to provide the Eagles with another option at either free safety or cornerback.
That scenario did not last beyond training camp. Jackson missed the entire season because of a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Jackson has always had injury concerns, especially with his legs. He tore his ACLs in both knees in 2008 and 2009.
Jackson, if he returns healthy, could fight for a cornerback spot on the roster. Nate Allen already has the free safety position, assuming he is 100 percent.
However, the question is: Will Jackson remain healthy enough through camp to secure a spot?
2. Kevin Kolb
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Will Kevin Kolb be traded or won't he? That is the million-dollar question for the Eagles this offseason.
The Eagles have made the four-year veteran's availability public, but only for the right price.
The Eagles probably are looking at a first-round pick and another mid-round pick in return for Kolb.
My guess, and hope, is that the Eagles keep Kolb.
Mike Vick will be 31 years old next season and he is injury prone.
Without Kolb, the Eagles would need to find a veteran backup who can lead the Eagles in case Vick goes down.
1. Leonard Weaver
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In 2009, Leonard Weaver had one of the best seasons an Eagles fullback has ever had.
He carried the ball 70 times, which was unheard of for an Eagles FB, and scored four TDs.
The 2010 season was expected to be another great year and another step forward. Weaver had also signed a three-year contract extension.
However, Weaver was involved in a gruesome knee injury in which he tore his ACL in Week 1, which ended his season.
Weaver vows to play again, but all odds are against him returning from an injury like that. He is on the payroll for $2.5 million in 2011.