According to John Clayton of ESPN, the Eagles have given Lito Sheppard permission to talk to other teams in terms of getting a new contract. If Sheppard finds a team willing to satisfy his contract demands then they can start to work out a trade with the Eagles. Outside of Asante Samuel, the free agent CB market is pretty thin. This means there will be a huge interest in Lito Sheppard, because he is one of the better cover corners in the NFL.
This news is shocking to me, and I am not sure what to think. I know that Lito is one heck of a CB, but I also know he can’t stay healthy.
The Eagles are notorious for locking up young talent early for a discounted price, and it looks like this time it has backfired on them. Lito saw the huge contract Nate Clements just got, and is probably wishing he had waited to be a free agent.
The most surprising thing to me about this, is that the Eagles are giving in to his trade demands. The front office usually stands their ground in these type of situations, and forces a player to either show up or get fined.
Could Lito be used in a package deal to get Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald? Who knows, but I doubt that will happen.
There are other Eagles who have displayed publicly displayed unhappiness about their contract. Sheldon Brown, L.J. Smith, and Brian Westbrook are three names that come to mind right away. Who knows how Trent Cole, Shawn Andrews, and Mike Patterson will feel in a few years when they realize they are underpaid.
I like Lito a lot as a player, and I would really hate to see him go. This off season sucks already.