A report surfaced yesterday from Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports that is bound to get Eagles fans extremely excited. Silver cited an Eagles source as saying: “This is the year. We think we have a great shot to win it, and we’re loading up and going for it.”
Wow! Exicting stuff right? This reminds me of back in 2008 when Jeff Lurie said the Eagles were going to have the “pedal to the metal” in regards to their offseason strategy. Then we signed…nobody. But I digress, I actually am excited about free agency this year.
Plaxico Burress, Albert Haynesworth, and Reggie Bush were all mentioned as potential targets. Particularly Haynesworth, as Silver goes on to quote the source as saying Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn “wants him badly“. I’m sure you’ve heard by now the Washburn/Haynesworth connection so there certainly can be credence to this report.
But while this makes us Eagles fans look forward to free agency the same way Ralphie looked forward to Christmas and getting his Red Ryder BB gun in “A Christmas Story”, there’s a slight problem with the names thrown out there.
Haynesworth and Bush are under contract with other teams. Though there has been speculation that each player would be released, that’s not a certainty. Both players are very intriguing and would definitely help the Eagles in a run to the Super Bowl. But what would they need to give up to acquire them via trade? We all know how much the Eagles covet draft picks and those players would require a fourth-round pick or higher (most likely).
The interest in Bush is somewhat surprising but Silver’s article also goes on to say that the Eagles may have cooled on that since they drafted Dion Lewis. Plus, it would be hard to imagine Bush wanting to come to the Eagles and fight for playing time with LeSean McCoy.
I’m sure Bush would rather go to a team where he can be the featured running back. But would I like him on the Eagles? Absolutely! Imagine a 1-2 punch with him and LeSean! He is also a dynamic return man and would help alleviate risk to DeSean Jackson while maintaining the threat of breaking a long return.
Acquiring Haynesworth would be tricky. Would the Redskins risk dealing a player to a division rival who could potentially return to dominant form? After getting the short end of the stick in the McNabb trade, they could wind up with egg on their face again by trading Haynesworth to Philly.
And if you’re the Eagles, what kind of trade compensation do you give up for a player with great potential but also great risk? It’s not as if he’s been a model citizen and player the past two years. The Redskins reportedly rebuked an offer of a fourth-rounder from the Titans last year so would you give up a third-rounder for him?
If Jim Washburn does in fact want him badly and is asking for him, if I’m Andy Reid I would try to give Washburn what he wants. When motivated and at his best, Haynesworth is a dominating force on the defensive line. He would make the entire front seven on defense look better. Imagine being able to get pressure on the quarterback without having to blitz. Intriguing, isn’t it?
I’ve debated both sides of the Plaxico Burress argument in previous articles. In the end, I’m still not sure about him but apparently Andy Reid “loves the idea” of acquiring him (per the Silver article). If he’s confident that Burress will not have any negative impact to the team whatsoever, then I’m on board with that as well.
Ultimately though, it seems we have many reasons to be excited once free agency begins. Who knows, the Eagles could act like I would if I found a $10,000 gift card to Home Depot and go on a major shopping spree. But lets not get too crazy here, the Eagles will be one of 32 teams vying for a limited number of available impact players. They won’t get them all.
I just hope we get right ones who will push this team over the top.