Because nothing is happening on the Plaxico Burress front. And because I don’t feel like praising Evan Mathis for his Twitter comedy. And because I’m tired of reading about Chase Utley’s eroding knees and the Phillies’ simultaneously eroding playoff chances, I’d like to throw up a nice little post about a former member of the Philadelphia Eagles to help brighten the day.
You remember Joe Mays, right?
You may have heard that the Eagles are in need of a middle linebacker. And you might also recall that the Eagles used in a sixth round pick in 2008 to draft Mays out of North Dakota State.
The 5-11, 246-pound Mays was a training camp sensation as a rookie, but never made much of impact during his two-year stint in Philadelphia. He started only one game with the team prior to being traded for running back J.J. Arrington before the start of the 2010 season.
But Mays caught on with the Denver Broncos and quickly became a solid run-stopping middle linebacker. He played in all 16 games for Denver (12 starts) and totaled 75 tackles.
And why do we mention all of this? Because Mays just signed a 3-year, $12 million contract today to remain in Denver through the 2014 season.
I’m not going to pretend Mays is a versatile, do-it-all linebacker, but he’s certainly a better option than what the Eagles currently have on their roster. Apparently, the Eagles failed to see that when they decided to go with the painfully mediocre Omar Gaither over Mays two summers ago.
So as Mays finds some long-term financial security as a productive middle linebacker, the Eagles enter the second week of free agency still in search of one.
Just thought I’d point that out.