Lito Sheppard to Seek a Trade

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.

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  • Redskins Guy

    Like rats from a sinking ship. Clearly Lito sees the writing on the wall and realizes that the Eagles are going to have a disasterously bad year and then start rebuilding.  Really, who WOULDN’T want to leave?

  • Ian

    That has nothing to do with it. It’s all about money. He thinks he has "outperformed his contract".

    The Eagles and Lito are already denying this report.

  • Redskins Guy

    Uh huh. McNabb also denied the things he said about wanting to leave.  I suppose you think he didn’t mean that too?

  • Joey K

    You’re right Lito is a heck of a player but if we get rid of him you have to believe that Asante is our #1 target. I like Lito a lot but he isn’t Asante Samuel. I’m all for that if that is the plan.

  • Redskins Guy

    Oh yeah, like THAT will ever happen.  If they signed Asante, the Eagles organization would have to actually come within 20 million of the salary cap.  THAT will never do.  When’s the last time the Eagles have successfully brought in a REALLY big name player via free agency?  I mean, TO was a disaster.  The Freak was a waste of money.  I’m drawing a blank.  Anyone?  Anyone??? 

  • Ian

    So the Eagles are cheap, or the Eagles spend foolishly? Which one is it? You can’t call them cheap, and then rip them for bad signings.

    Anyways right now they are rumored to go after Samuel. We’ll see what happens soon enough.

  • Redskins Guy

    Let me clarify.  They are cheap, and the few times they’ve decided not to be cheap, they’ve spent foolishly, which probably reinforces their tightwad behavior.  Again, I’ll ask you…when’s the last time the Eagles brought in a big name via free agency and had it work out? Ricky Watters maybe?  Who am I missing? Come on Eagles fans, you can come up with SOMEONE can’t you?

  • Ian

    Well they have not been great in free agency, but they have gotten some good players: Jon Runyan, Jeff Garcia, Shawn Barber, Donte Stallworth, Terrell Owens(was great for 1 year), Brian Mitchell, Carlos Emmons, Jon Ritchie, Mike Bartrum, Dorsey Levens, Al Harris, Darwin Walker, Hank Fraley, Takeo Spikes, David Akers, Kevin Curtis, AJ Feeley, Juqua Thomas, and Jeremiah Trotter.

    Not to mention the undrafted free agent signings that worked out well like Hollis Thomas, Rod Hood, Joselio Hanson, Dirk Johnson, Jon Dorenbos, Jamaal Jackson, Greg Lewis, and Quintin Mikell.

    I guess they are nobody though.

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