Safety Jarrad Page
Jarrad Page flew under the radar because most of the offseason attention was paid to the shuffle of cornerbacks of Asante Samuel, Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Quintin Mikell's departure was surely one of the worries for the Eagles' front office at the end of last season.
Jarrad Page was an unrestricted free-agent tender in New England. However, the new collective bargaining agreement made Page a free agent, and he was lost when he signed to the Eagles.
In his limited time in New England (he was hurt), he had a pick and generally looked like a solid investment for the Patriots, so it was no surprise that Belichick slapped the tender on him while it was available.
It was even less surprising that the Eagles came calling in free agency, and he's responded by elevating himself to the top of the depth chart for the team.
While he won't have the interest of Samuel or Asomugha, he may well have the impact, and he certainly won't have the paycheck.
Cornerback Asante Samuel
Asante Samuel is a Cover 2 cornerback.
He hates being called that and went ballistic at press and fans in New England who dared mention those words to him, but it's true.
He's at his best in off-coverage, watching the quarterback in his backpedal and hoping for an opportunity to jump a route and pick off a pass underneath. It's what he does, and what he's good at.
He doesn't tend to play deep (and thus needs a good safety over the top), and he doesn't tend to want to tackle.
Andy Reid knew this two years ago, and when quarterback Donovan McNabb was surplus to requirements, Reid apparently offered Samuel and McNabb to the Raiders in exchange for Nnamdi Asomugha. The Raiders were interested, but McNabb vetoed a trade to the Raiders, or so the story goes.
Now Reid has his man Asomugha, and you can only imagine that the move to get Rodgers-Cromartie as well is something of an indictment on Asante Samuel.