Mosher first reported the Eagles’ interest in former Penn State linebacker Dan Connor, and if Pete Prisco is on the mark, it appears he was on to something.
Prisco reports that he is “hearing Dan Connor to Eagles will be done.”
Of course, these things have a way of sometimes now panning out. Remember the LeCharles Bentley fiasco of a few years ago?
But as it stands now, the former Penn State product would provide an instant upgrade over the current stable of Eagles linebackers.
Reports indicicate the team approached the Panthers last offseason about a trade for Connor, but Carolina was hesitant because Pro Bowler Jon Beason was nursing a foot injury at the time.
If the Eagles do in fact sign the 6-3, 233-pound Connor, expect him to start in the middle, and slide Jamar Chaney to the strong side.
It’s also a move that precludes the team from pursuing Stephen Tulloch or Curtis Lofton. Frankly, I don’t know why any of us, myself included, thought for even a moment the Eagles would spend more aggressively via free agency on the position. Now, fans must cling their fledgling hopes that the team will draft Boston College’s Luke Kuechly.
My guess? Don’t bet on it.