Philadelphia Eagles Still Interested in Bringing Jon Runyan Back?

Bob Cunningham@BCunningham215Senior Analyst IJune 21, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 18:  Jon Runyan #69 of the Philadelphia Eagles crouches into position during the NFL game against the Miami Dolphins at Lincoln Financial Field on November 18, 2007 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The Eagles are still kicking around the idea of bringing Jon Runyan back to the team for his 10th season as an Eagle. Runyan started for the Birds last year but was banged up throughout the season. Runyan is anything but unreliable with the second-longest active starting streak in the NFL.

The move would make sense, especially if the Eagles aren't completely sold on Shawn Andrews being in the right frame of mind.

If Andrews has a breakdown, or gets injured again, having Runyan there to step in would be the best thing for the Eagles. Runyan has started for the Eagles, he knows the guys, he obviously knows the system, and he's still a great player.

This move makes far too much sense. If Andrews were to go down—either of them for that matter—the Eagles would be on the phone with Runyan anyway.

If Stacy isn't ready to play and Shawn has to play right guard, Runyan could step in at right tackle until Stacy is ready to go.

The point is that the Eagles benefit from having Runyan there. Even just having him on the sidelines is beneficial for the team.

The only questions are: A) Will he accept coming back as a backup? And B) Are the Eagles willing to throw him enough money to make him feel like it's worth his time?

I don't think Runyan wants to end his football career, so I believe he would come back anyway because he knows that he's just one snap away from playing. He's taken a pay cut from the Eagles before so that he could stay in the Philly area. He lives in South Jersey with his family and would rather not uproot them for a one-year deal with a different team.

Keep an eye on Runyan's movements, and don't be surprised if he's an Eagle again before training camp.

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