Sheldon Brown, Philadelphia Eagles Could Be Parting Ways

Andrew KurtzContributor IApril 21, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 28:  Sheldon Brown #24 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball after his interception late in the first half against the Dallas Cowboys on December 28, 2008 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

There is always a chance that a current player will take issue with the team dumping a ton of cash into somebody else's contract, especially when that player is a free agent or someone acquired through trade, and apparently Sheldon Brown has a problem with all the money in Jason Peter's bank account.

Brown has wanted a new contract all offseason and has seen $100 million spent on new offensive lineman and a new five-year deal given to Joselio Hansen, who plays his position.

The Eagles have quietly shelled out a good amount of money in the offseason, and Brown is seeing none of it.

Sorry, dude.

I can understand why he would feel unappreciated. After all, he is underpaid.

He hasn't made a Pro Bowl, but he has been deserving in several years. He has started 112 consecutive games for us, obviously our most consistent corner over the past five years. I have always liked Sheldon.

I remember back when the Eagles parted with Bobby Taylor, and Troy Vincent several years back and Lito Sheppard, and Sheldon Brown stepped right into their places and didn't miss a beat.

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Lito definitely had more flash and might have been a little better playing the ball early on, but Brown has always been a tough, gritty defender that wasn't afraid to put his body on the line. I'm a big fan of Sheldon Brown.

I think Reggie Bush actually shat his pants during this hit, look at his face in the picture, definitely a painful moment.

The most distressing part of this situation is that he was expected to take the place of Brian Dawkins—WHY?—as the emotional leader in the locker room.

Sheldon is a straight shooter who sugarcoats absolutely nothing. But he is also a little fucking crazy, but so was B-Dawk.

But that is what the vocal leader needs to be—a nut-job who will say what's really on his mind without regard for hurt feelings.

Now who do the Eagles have? With Brown gone, we would be left with McNabb as our leader in the locker room, yikes!

Unfortunately for Sheldon, he signed this little piece of paper that stated he would play the next six years for $25 million, with the possibility of increasing that to $30 million if bonuses are met.

The Eagles do not negotiate. Ask Lito Sheppard. Ask John Welbourn. Ask Corey Simon. When you sign a contract in Philly, they expect you to play it out.

So what happens? Nothing. Sheldon Brown will make his $2 million playing for the Eagles this year and will be pissed off doing so. But that's life.

The only possibility that I can see for a trade is the Eagles packaging him to Arizona in an attempt to get Boldin in return.

That is a long shot, but the Cardinals are listening to offers and putting Sheldon Brown back there with the rest of their talented DB's would give them one of the best secondaries in the league. But, that's not going to happen.

Enjoy your time in Philly, Sheldon because you are finishing your career there.