After a nice and easy start in free agency, the Eagles have become the center of attention.
The last couple of weeks have not been fun for the Philadelphia Eagles fans.
At first, it was the reports that DeSean Jackson will be traded. After the initial shock, fans and reporters were trying to understand why. Then when will it happen, to whom he will be traded, who might replace him, etc.
Nobody had an answer. All we did was speculate.
With every passing day, new rumors surfaced, adding fuel to the fire. Yet, the Eagles remained silent.
With no official word on the subject, the validity of the reports started being questioned. Some fans even blamed the media for manufacturing the story. But there was too much smoke to not have a fire.
It all came down to the NFL owners meeting in Orlando. There, on Wednesday morning, Eagles’ head coach Chip Kelly addressed the media and there was a slight expectation he would shed some light on the matter.
It never happened. Kelly just danced around the subject, confirming that he spoke with Jackson but leaving everything else up in the air (Click here for the article by Birds 24/7):
I’ve talked to DeSean and I just think when you deal with situations like that, everything we do is player to player, player to coach,” he said. “But we’ve had a good conversation, and we’re always gonna do what’s best for the football team. But I think he knows where we are. I know where he is. So I feel very comfortable about it.
So, essentially, we are still in the dark regarding the future of DeSean Jackson with the Eagles.
And that’s not the worst part. Just before Kelly’s interview, Ian Rapoport reported that Philadelphia Eagles guard Evan Mathis has been placed on the trade block, after asking for a raise.
I don’t know how big of an issue that is. Maybe the Birds are trying to show him that nobody would pay him more than he gets from them or they are exploring the market. Most likely, they’re doing both.
However, if Mathis leaves the Philadelphia Eagles, that would be a huge blow. He is one of the best, if not the best guard in the NFL right now.
Then there is former New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. The Eagles will sign the troubled quarterback to provide an experienced backup their pro-bowl quarterback Nick Foles. Sanchez and Eagles quarterback Matt Barkley will compete for the number-two spot.
At this point, there is nothing bad with this signing. As long as Foles stays healthy, all Sanchez will do is stand on the sideline chatting with coaches and teammates.
What I don’t like is the possibility Sanchez will have to start for Philadelphia, even for a single game. He is a poor player and I doubt he can do much even in Kelly’s offense.
But what I absolutely hate is all the “buttfumble” stuff that will be thrown around the week before the game. If Foles goes down, this will come back to haunt not the Jets, but us.