Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Eagles Make a Move...

Just not the right one. They cut FB/RB Tony Hunt and signed LB Tracy White. I liked White a lot when he came out of college. He is a good STs player. White hasn't been able to carve out a role on defense, but he is excellent on punt and kickoff coverage.

Did the Eagles really need to make this move on the same day as the trade deadline? Really? Couldn't have waited til tomorrow to let the dust clear and people's anger subside. This move will come as a slap in the face to some fans, even though it isn't any such thing.

Hunt wasn't going to be the FB. He wasn't going to get touches on offense. He wasn't making the desired plays on STs. Cutting him makes sense. Adding White makes sense. Doing it on the same day that Dallas adds WR Roy Williams will just set off some fans.

Welcome, Tracy White, to the wonderful world of Eagles football. Prepare for an interesting journey over the next 10 or so weeks as we head to the postseason... or the land of mediocrity, where I almost got elected Governor once.


The "right" move I referred to would have been trading for Chiefs TE Tony Gonzalez. The reported asking price for him was a 3rd Rd pick. If that is true and Tony was willing to come here, the Eagles are dumb to pass on the offer. The same day we cut our 2007 3rd Rd pick for not working out we pass on trading the '09 pick for a former All-Pro? I have to believe that there is more to the story. Maybe Gonzo didn't want to come to Philly. Maybe he feared we wouldn't make the postseason. Maybe KC wanted a 2nd Rd pick. I don't know why, but the move didn't work out. I'll be incredibly disappointed if we learn that the Eagles FO just passed on him because they didn't want to give up a 3rd Rd pick.

1 comment:

tagryn said...

They were likely concerned that if they didn't make a move to sign White, GB would reconsider and find a way to get him back.

This move is probably caused by the Eagles having the 4th worst KR coverage unit in the league (although the PR coverage unit is 7th best, go figure). Its a little surprising they just didn't exchange Tank Daniels for White, but Reid did say back when Lawton was struggling that FB on the Eagles is a special teams position first, so this isn't a total surprise.