Philadelphia Eagles: 5 Moves Team Will Regret in 2011
The Philadelphia Eagles had an offseason for the books. No other team in the league made a splash like the Eagles, but were all the moves necessary?
Now don't get me wrong, the Eagles had a brilliant offseason, proving that this year they mean business. However, many of the moves they made left people scratching their heads.
Looking at all the recent transactions, there are other options the Eagles could have gone with to solidify their team even further. Will some of the moves made by this Super Bowl-hungry team during the offense lead to regret?
Here are the top moves the Philadelphia Eagles will regret in 2011.
Signing Vince Young
This one made me happy at first, but after seeing the preseason he's had so far, he's been garbage.
Back in Tennessee, Young had some games that were worth jotting down on his resume. He has a lot of power and the ability to move on the first down, but his little break down forced him out of Tennessee.
Picking him up seemed like a great idea at first; he is young and a solid backup for when Vick goes down. However, he needs to remember he is playing in the big leagues again.
Going 8-for-13 with one interception isn't really worth the $5 million the Eagles are paying him. Why not just sign a guy looking to be on a team and keep Kafka as the backup? After all, he is in his second year with the Eagles and knows the offense a heck of a lot better than Young.
On the bright side, Vick looked horrible as well last preseason.
If the Eagles would've kept the extra $5 million and used it elsewhere, they'd probably be a lot happier with the outcome.
Signing Ronnie Brown
This one surely confused me. When I first got light that the Eagles signed Brown, I kind of got a feeling the Eagles were just starting to pick the best man available at each position.
Now, LeSean McCoy is perfect for the Eagles—he is quick on his feet, has promising hands and can always bust out a 65-yard run whenever we need one. Honestly, McCoy is the most underrated running back in the league.
The Eagles also drafted Dion Lewis from Pittsburgh. McCoy and Lewis were already friends, so just imagine how versatile and deadly the running game can be.
Then, the Eagles threw a wrench in the mix by signing Ronnie Brown.
The one thing I can say to defend Brown and the Eagles is that I'm sure Andy Reid has some wildcat ideas up his sleeve that should leave teams on their toes even more. According to the Wilmington News Journal, Brown is currently being tried out as a kick returner.
Brown is another great player with quick feet, but was that signing really necessary?
NOBODY can wear that No. 36 like Westbrook did.
Drafting Curtis Marsh
At the time, the Eagles were still in dire need of another cornerback. What they did was draft Curtis Marsh out of Utah State with their third-overall pick.
Fast-forward four months later and the Eagles are more than well-off at the corner spot. Signing Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to play along with Asante Samuel was the right direction to move in, and having a rookie will not bring an impact as of now.
If the Eagles would have planned this earlier, they could've saved that 90th pick in the third round for possibly another linebacker or for more help on that O-line.
What irks me about the pick is Marsh himself. He only played two years as a corner with only three interceptions, spending his first two college years as a running back. If the Eagles wanted his guy so badly, I have a feeling he would've been there come the fifth or sixth round.
Take somebody like Greg Jones for the New York Giants. How he fell to the sixth round is beyond me, and he is one of the best steals in the draft. I know the Eagles have Matthews, Rolle and Lloyd, but Marsh certainly could've been picked later, if at all.
Not Re-Signing Quintin Mikell
I know come next year, Mikell will be greatly missed.
Since 2003, Mikell has missed only five games and started 123. He has some flaws in his game, but is more solid than anyone the Eagles have at that spot this season.
Mikell recorded eight interceptions in the past three seasons and has seemed to have gotten his game together. However, Mikell was not re-signed by the Birds and is now a St. Louis Ram.
Nate Allen will be starting at free safety and Kurt Coleman will be taking over at strong safety this year for the team.
Get ready, Eagles—you face Mikell and the Rams in the season opener!
Signing Steve Smith
Okay, this signing was just completely unnecessary.
If you take a gander at the Eagles depth chart, you can easily see that the Eagles have more than enough. Actually, the Eagles currently have 11 wide receivers. Adding Steve Smith in the mix just makes things more complicated.
I guess the main reasoning behind this was the health concerns regarding Jeremy Maclin, but when it's all said and done, the Eagles didn't need another receiver.
They have DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant as the main squad. Avant is a great third-down man with great hands. Backing them up are Chad Hall and Riley Cooper. Hall is a little Wes Welker prototype, while Cooper is the ideal man in the red zone, standing at 6'3''.
See where I'm going? And that's only mentioning the five guys from last year.
Steve Smith had an outstanding year with the Giants in 2009, going for over 1,000 yards, but will he be needed in Philly?