The Eagles pursuit of a tight end upgrade just got a whole lot more interesting.
According to a league source, the Eagles are showing interest in former Giants and Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey. They are taking a look at Visanthe Shiancoe as well, and are scheduled to bring him in for a workout Tuesday.
Shockey, 31, played 15 games for the Panthers last season, and totaled 37 catches for 455 yards and four scores. The 10-year pro spent the first six seasons in New York followed by a three-year stint in New Orleans. He is a four-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champ, but as evidenced by the fact that he is still on the market, it’s uncertain what he has remaining in the tank.
It it curious that the team now seems focused on adding another tight end. Clay Harbor has not exactly lit the world on fire in his two seasons in the NFL, granted — posting just 22 receptions in 25 games — but why decide that competition is needed now?
Andy Reid did not indicate at his opening press conference that anything is wrong with Brent Celek, who had hip surgery this offseason.
“Celek had the hip surgery and he looks good,” said Reid. “He did fine going through the OTAs.”
Brett Brackett is also currently in the mix at tight end.
The Eagles certainly have the financial flexibility to bring another piece in. According to Pro Football Talk, they are working with more than $15 million of salary cap space.
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