Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Springs Update

Shawn came to Philly, met with everyone, and took off for his next stop. The fact he left without a deal tells us the Eagles didn't covet him. The Eagles are extremely aggressive with players they really want. The best story in that regard goes back to 2004. The Eagles brought in CB Fred Thomas from New Orleans. They made him a good offer, but Thomas really wanted to stay with the Saints. He went back to his hotel and called the Saints. They worked out some deal. The Eagles kept calling. Fred didn't think they'd let him leave so he and his wife snuck out of town.

Back to Shawn Springs. He admitted the coaches were focusing on him at Safety. I'm guessing the idea was to sign him and have Shawn compete with Quintin Demps for the starting job.

If Dawk had returned, the job was his. You don't ask Brian Dawkins to compete for a starting spot. He earned his spot. Springs is a guy that you don't promise anything to. Clearly they didn't make him a big financial offer. You let Springs and Demps battle it out. May the best man win.

Springs is supposedly heading to New Orleans. He's going to look at several situations and see which one is best for him. I'm doubtful that he'll end up coming back to Philly, but this has already been a strange offseason with some "interesting" moves.

We do need a veteran Safety in the mix, whether projected as a starter or backup. Springs was option number one. We'll see who option two is in a few days...or maybe weeks. The Eagles don't appear to be in a rush at this point in the offseason. That may aggravate some fans, but it isn't necessarily a bad thing.


orangecrush007 said...

I am under the impression that Kevin Jones would be a good fit at backup RB for us. Have you heard anything in regards to him from any of your sources? He is local, he is still somewhat young, and he seems to be able to catch the ball.

Tommy Lawlor said...

I've also wondered about Kevin, but haven't heard a thing. I'm not hearing anything about RB. I hope we do add some vet. Westy and an early rookie is good, but I'd still like a veteran player added to that group.

the hub said...

So Tommy what do you think are other options at FS? Jermaine Phillips? Sean Jones? Other ideas?

izzylangfan said...

It seems likely that the Eagles had assessed his ability before the meeting. Thus its seems like the hangup is due to some disagreement or disatisfaction on Springs part as to how he might be used.

Changing the subject. I think the Eagles need to add two running backs and two tight ends while releasing Schobel. But while I think the draft can be counted on to provide two good running backs lets say a first and a fourth round pick I think the draft has good tight end options in the first through third round and don't see them using more than one pick in that range on a tight end. Thus I might be good to sign a veternan running back free agent but they have to sign at least one veteran tight end in my view. The running backs are much more likely to provide immediate impact than tight ends.

Mr_Boomy said...

Tommy, can you break down a list of free agents that would be interesting for the eagles plz.

Tommy Lawlor said...

I'll work on a list of FA targets tonight and post it tomorrow.

Mr_Boomy said...

Thanks Tommy, I'm a big Eagles fan!
And I'm a big Tommy fan also