Philadelphia Eagles: Ocho and Boldin Not Necessary

Andrew GoolsbyContributor IApril 14, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - DECEMBER 28:  Marvin Harrison #88 of the Indianapolis Colts watches the ball during the game against the Tennessee Titans on December 28, 2008 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

So I know us Philly fans are sitting on pins and needles waiting to hear "The Eagles have traded first and third round picks to Cinci or 'Zona for either Boldin or The Och."

But let's not be too narrow-minded folks! Dont forget, this is the Philly team that marched into the post-season and dominated, aside from the first half of the NFC Championship, without a healthy star running back and with no discernable No.1 receiver.

D. Jack was a pleasant surprise and will only continue to improve, but he is no Steve Smith. For months, all I've heard is we need Ocho or Boldin to get us our ring. While I would not necessarily disagree, I would contend that those two are not the only ways to fill some space on McNabb's ring finger.

Did everyone forget that two of the most prolific wide receivers of recent time are still hovering in the free agent market with no trade required?

Let us not forget that it was Marvin Harrison who was just as vital to the Colts Championship as one Mr. Manning, and let us not also forget that it was Plaxico Burress who, along with Tyree, got the Giants their Super Bowl! Both of those guys are free agents and both would fill a huge role for the Eagles without sacrificing any of their draft picks.

I have not overlooked the fact that both players are facing some legal issues right now, but you have to wonder if they will actually miss any playing time as a result. Burress would be the biggest risk so we can effectively leave him out of the equation since he is facing some serious jail time and would almost certainly miss some, if not all, of the season.

But what about Harrison? He is a hometown veteran who, I think, needs a hometown boost to get his game back to an elite level.

While we will probably never see the Marvin Harrison of seven or eight years ago, we may still see the Marvin Harrison of three of your years ago who caught for over 1,000 yards and more than 10 TDs.

Not only would he be another reliable target for McNabb, but he would also be an excellent leader and mentor for our relatively young receiving group.

Let's say the Eagles do sign Harrison. That would effectively let us keep both first-round picks while adding a reliable veteran receiver. The Eagles could package the 28th pick overall with our second-rounder to move up in the draft and select one of the more elite tackles available. They could then use the 21st pick in the draft to add another running back to help take the load of Westbrook, and provide them with that 1-2 punch that has worked with so many teams as of late.

Those moves, packaged with our top five defense would make the Eagles favorites, in my opinion, to win it all. It would also satisfy the fans, and save the Eagles front office from breaking the bank, which they haven't seemed too inclined to do as of late.

I know its not the Ocho or Boldin bombshell Philly fans truly want, but how can they not be satisfied with an elite defense, a happy quarterback and Marvin Harrison looking amazing dashing around in Midnight Green, running cross patterns with D. Jack and White Lighting?

C'mon, Eagles Fans. Just think about it!


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