Free Agent Leftovers and Week 1 Betting Lines

Perusing the updated free agent list, some names jumped out. The Eagles are stacked at most positions, but taking a flyer on one of these guys might be worth the small investment.

Here’s a sampling of players still available:

Running backs:

DeShaun Foster (Age 29) – Two years removed from rushing for 876 yards and scoring 4 total touchdowns. He’s fumbled 9 times in the last two seasons.

Chris Perry (Age 27) – The former first-round pick has just 9 starts in four years due to various injuries. However, he has good size (6’0″ 225) and can catch.

Selvin Young (Age 25) – Injury prone, but Young is young. He’s averaged 5.1 ypc in two seasons. Still recovering from a neck injury.

All three of these guys have ability, if healthy. In my mind, the Birds still need a solid #3 RB. Booker is not the answer and although I like Kyle Eckel, he probably won’t make the cut. Again, we’re talking about a #3 back, so I discount players like Edgerrin James, Deuce McAllister and Rudi Johnson because I doubt any of them would accept a third-string role.

Tight end:

Mark Campbell (Age 33) – We can all agree Matt Schobel’s days are numbered. With Celek and Ingram the top two guys, an effective blocking tight end like Campbell could help in short-yardage and goal line packages.

Daniel Wilcox (Age 32) – See above. Wilcox can block and has scored 9 touchdowns in limited action during his career.

Michael Gaines (Age 29) – He’s massive at 6’4″ 275. Another decent blocker who’s snagged 48 balls the last two years.


DE Travis LaBoy (Age 27) – The defense has plenty of pass-rushers, but LaBoy’s 23.5 sacks in five seasons is enticing. I’m not sure why the Cardinals cut him after inking him to a five-year contract in 2008. Did they expect him to be Jared Allen? He’s a situational player much like Chris Clemons, so I doubt the Birds would be interested.

DT Brian Young (Age 31) – IF his knees checked out, he could make a valuable fourth tackle. He’s a hard worker who can get an inside push. He’d be worth a one-year incentive laden contract.

OLB Morlon Greenwood (Age 30) – Without a legit backup at SAM, Greenwood could fill the spot. He’s posted 100+ tackles in four of his eight seasons. Again, veteran depth is key when going after a Super Bowl.

It’s early, but the opening weekend betting lines are out. The Panthers are 1.5 home favorites over the Eagles. Interesting. Home teams on opening weekend usually give up at least three points. Looks like Vegas thinks the Birds will be good.

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