NFL Free Agents 2011: 5 Reasons Philadelphia Eagles Aren't NFL's Miami Heat

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NFL Free Agents 2011: 5 Reasons Philadelphia Eagles Aren't NFL's Miami Heat
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2010 was the year we learned to hate the Miami Heat. Have the Philadelphia Eagles taken their place in 2011?

That is one eager opinion, after the Eagles capitalized on the short amount of time that NFL teams have been allowed to sign free agents. They have signed several of the big names available, including cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha, defensive linemen Jason Babin and Cullen Jenkins, quarterback Vince Young, offensive lineman Evan Mathis and running back Ronnie Brown.

Babin summed it up succinctly on Twitter: "I feel like we are the Miami Heat of the NFL..." (He would later add, "except we win the last game...")

Young, now serving as Michael Vick's backup, called the new roster "the Dream Team."

But let's calm down for a second.

Philadelphia may have collected an impressive variety of free agents, and in greater numbers than last year's Heat, but the situations are far from parallel. What the Miami Heat did last year was entirely unique, and there is more to repeating the situation than simply signing big-name players.

Here are five reasons why the Eagles are not football's version of the Heat, and why hopefully no one should expect them to do this anytime soon.

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