The Eagles made a trade, just not the one you were expecting. In what I would call a mild surprise, the Birds have shipped starting cornerback Sheldon Brown and former starting linebacker Chris Gocong to Cleveland for some guy named Alex Hall and a fourth and fifth round pick in the upcoming draft.
Huh? I get that Sheldon was unhappy with his contract, but he didn’t exactly make waves since last summer. Gocong was a failed experiment at linebacker, so I don’t care that he’s gone.
Hall is a third-year player from St. Augustine’s. He’s listed at 6-5 250. I have no clue if the dude can play, but he’s the exact same size as Carlos Emmons was when he donned the midnight green. My assumption would be Hall will compete at SAM along with Moise Fokou.
This deal leaves the defense very thin at cornerback. Sheldon was tough and reliable. He will be missed. It seems pretty clear that at least one corner will have to be drafted to offset the loss. The good news is the defensive back class is deep, so finding a couple solid prospects shouldn’t be a problem. Fingers crossed. Word is Ellis Hobbs will replace Sheldon at right corner, for now.
Whether you like it or not, the Eagles continue to reshape the roster be jettisoning old and/or disgruntled players. I wonder who’s next? Wink, wink. Anyway, they now own 10 picks in what is considered the most talented draft in years.