McNabb has publicly stated that he wants this team to add playmakers to it, and has reiterated those those recently this week. One of the players he wants the Eagles to sign is soon to be free agent Tight End L.J. Smith according to Larry O’Rourke of The Morning Call. Here is a snippet from his latest article on the matter:
Later, while speaking off the air, McNabb was told it sounded like he went out of his way in that and other comments in the last month to lobby for the Eagles to re-sign Smith, who is eligible for unrestricted free agency.
”I do [want Smith back],” McNabb said. ”He’s a big part of our offense. It was unfortunate that he was hurt in his contract year. He was working very hard to get ready for the season, and then he had the abdominal strain or sports hernia, and the groin injury. That’s tough. He’s got to get down in the three-point stance with those injuries, and he had to be fatigued, too.”
I am not the biggest fan of L.J. Smith, but at this point the options are thin at tight end. Dallas Clark is also due to be a free agent, but it is doubtful that the Colts will let him reach the open market. Brent Celek seems like a good player, but would probably be best suited as the second tight end. If a deal is not reached with Smith then expect the Eagles to turn to the draft and grab one in the 2nd-3rd round.
It will be very interesting to see what the Eagles front office does now that Donovan has publicly pleaded for help. He feels they will go out, and try to sign Smith and other playmakers, but what if they don’t? Will McNabb be disgruntled if the front office lets L.J. leave for free agency, and they don’t do what it takes to get this team back to a possible Super Bowl contender? My guess is whatever the Eagles do, McNabb will most likely speak out about it later.
I think think that Andy Reid, Tom Heckert, and the rest of the front office better do something or you could see some backlash from the veterans on this team. Donovan is not the only one to speak up for play makers, Jon Runyan, Brian Dawkins, and Brian Westbrook backed McNabb on the playmakers topic. They all know that their time in the NFL is running out, and want to make a final push for a Super Bowl. If the Eagles do not win one next year, then you may have to blow this current team up, and enter a rebuilding stage.
>>McNabb makes it known he wants L.J. back (The Morning Call)