This month in Philadelphia Eagles history: 5 Birds who got tagged
By Alex DeMarzo
Corey Simon, DT
Following the excruciating loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX, the Eagles had every intention to apply the franchise tag toward defensive tackle Corey Simon.
Simon was a force in the trenches. He had 32 sacks in five seasons with Philly and was awarded to the NFL’s All-Rookie Team in 2000 as well as selected to the Pro Bowl in 2003.
The Eagles slapped Simon with the franchise tag in February 2005, but Simon appeared to take this move as a sign of disrespect and refused to sign it. A few months later the Eagles rescinded the offer.
One week after the Birds took the offer off the table, Simon signed a five-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts.
That’s where his career took a turn for the worse. He only played in 13 games in 2005 and missed the entire 2006 campaign with a knee injury. Simon would end up playing four games for the Tennessee Titans in 2007 before officially retiring.