Torry Holt Doesn't Interest Philadelphia Eagles: What's Next for the Birds?

TCorrespondent IIIMarch 15, 2009

According to Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Eagles have no interest in signing recently released wide receiver Torry Holt.

For a team that is, by all accounts, in the market for offensive weapons, this denial is puzzling.

Suppose for a moment that Holt is off the table in the Eagles' options. The two most prominent wide receivers that could be trade bait are Arizona's Anquan Boldin and Cleveland's Braylon Edwards.

Boldin's situation in Arizona is very fluid. The reports vary every so often from Arizona keeping him to shopping him. There is an outside chance that Arizona will bite the bullet on this one by dealing Boldin on account of having the most talented wide receiver in the game today, Larry Fitzgerald. 

Count on this situation to change many times over before a conclusion can be reached.

As for Edwards, it is pure speculation. Until Kellen Winslow was dealt to Tampa Bay on the first day of free agency, the possibility of Edwards being traded was climbing. 

Now, it would seem doubtful for Cleveland to part with both of its high power offensive weapons. It is also reported that the Browns would not part with Edwards for nothing less than a first rounder and multiple future draft picks.

The third and maybe less desirable option to upgrade Philadelphia's receiving corps is the draft.  Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin are out of the equation here.  This leaves Rutgers receiver Kenny Britt and North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks. 

The Eagles have already met with both Britt and Nicks respectively. Britt reportedly has a private workout scheduled with the team. Nicks met with coach Andy Reid at the NFL Scouting Combine and has been told by Reid that he would "look good with some wings on my helmet".

Of the wide receiver draft class, Nicks appears to be the type the Eagles need. He's a big, physical receiver, who is not afraid to go over the middle. 

To ensure this team is just as successful as in 2008, moves must be made to give quarterback Donovan McNabb more reliable options to execute the offense efficiently.


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