Eagles Trade Reggie Brown, Pick Up Michael Vick's Option

Andrew O'BrienContributor IMarch 9, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 9:  Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on from the sideline in the second half against the Dallas Cowboys during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Eagles were fairly busy today, making news with transactions involving four players.

Unfortunately, from an excitement standpoint, all of them are—or were—active roster players.

Michael Vick leads this list, naturally. The Eagles picked up the $1.5 million roster bonus for the man determined to make up for every radio interview opportunity he missed while in prison.

In picking up the bonus, the Eagles have hopefully only bought themselves more time to trade Vick. If they are indeed set on keeping Vick—or worse, all three quarterbacks— next season, there is a real danger of sports talk radio imploding in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Other contract news saw the Eagles re-sign Mr. Reliable Hands, Jason Avant, to a five-year deal. Avant, a restricted free agent, was a surprising find for the Eagles in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He had 41 catches last season, and he has shown a willingness to go over the middle that has made him a fan favorite—just like Todd Pinkston. Or not.

The Eagles also slightly restructured the contract of the more stable Andrews brother —remember, it’s all relative—Stacy. The big free-agent acquisition of last offseason barely made it onto the field in 2009. Coming off a torn ACL in 2008 while with the Bengals, the Eagles still believed it was a low-risk move to sign Andrews to a big deal in hopes of solidifying the offensive line—and, more importantly, play lifeguard for his brother Shawn while he got his Michael Phelps on.

That didn’t work out so well. Now Andrews has one more season to prove himself to Big Red and Howie Rosepetal.

In the last move of the day (presumably), the team traded former second-round draft pick, top receiver of the future, underwhelming big contract, and best fifth wide receiver in the league Reggie Brown to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a sixth-round draft pick.

A second-round pick out of Georgia in 2005, Brown’s career arc has been an interesting one. In five professional seasons, he’s posted 43, 46, 61, 18, and nine catches. Those last two numbers got him traded—with injuries and whatever else attributing to a rapid decline for a once-promising player who was making big money as a special-teams gunner.

And with Brown goes a good nickname: Downtown Reggie Brown. Does this mean Kevin “White Lightning” Curtis is also in danger? We fear for the future…

This article originally appeared on PhillyFanComplex.com.


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