Free-Agency Buzz: Harrison, Wallace And Cason

We are now one day into the unofficial start of free agency and so far, crickets.

Teams are moving very cautiously at the start of this new three-day “legal tampering” period recently implemented by the NFL. Club execs and agents are allowed to talk with one another, but were warned by the league that “any announcement of an agreement or an agreement in principle by a club or another party…may subject the club to a tampering investigation.”

Confident that no deals will be struck this early on in the process, the Eagles and the rest of the league are fishing around to get a sense for what the market could be for a player, but aren’t all that willing to set the market by talking real numbers. With no offers coming in, agents are left feeling confused and frustrated. One that we talked to Saturday started letting most calls from general managers go to voicemail, opting instead for a round of golf. Talks will likely intensify as we get closer to the real start of free agency (4 p.m. Tuesday), but  it’s off to a slow start.

There is some news to pass along:

— I started getting questions about James Harrison the moment the news broke that he got cut from the Steelers. Would the Eagles go after him?

Howie Roseman talked about overlooking age in some instances if the player can be a culture-setter for the franchise. Harrison knows a little about establishing a winning culture, and could certainly help the Eagles transition to a 3-4.

“I want to try and stay in the scheme that I’m in — in a 3-4 defense,” he said, via ESPN. “Warm weather is probably better but sometimes you don’t have a choice on where you get to go. You have a choice in picking the team but it still depends on the circumstances around that team. You have to go with what is best for you.”

At 34, the guess here is Harrison would want to go to a championship-ready team, but I suppose you never know.

— Five teams are reportedly showing interest in wide receiver/returner Josh CribbsTwo of them — the Giants and Cowboys — reside inthe NFC East. The Eagles aren’t mentioned as a possible suitor, but that doesn’t mean they can’t hop in.

— A lot of fans have a natural interest in Mike Wallace. The Dolphins are supposedly the “lead dog”, and the Patriots are said to have some interest.

— The Plain Dealer says the Browns have shown some interest in free agent corner Antoine Cason.

— Sheil mentioned that Detroit D-lineman Sammie Hill as a potential option at nose tackle. Hill has supposedly drawn interest from four unnamed teams. The Lions are not one of them.

— Bills offensive lineman Andy Levitre has four potential suitors so far (Eagles not mentioned).

We’ll continue to keep an eye on the market for you.

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  • GGeagle

    Actually GGeagle mentioned Hill, then Sheil lol Jk….Cribbs I hear has a terrible relationship with Pat Shurmer and that we should forget about him.

  • I’ll pass on Harrison. He’s a great linebacker whose won Super Bowls but he’s 34 and we’ve got too many pass rushing outside linebackers already to spend the money he will be asking. It would put us no further ahead and we’ve got too many holes elsewhere. He will go to a contender.

  • ICDogg

    As boring as this is, I think this 3 day “legal tamper” period has a point to it, which is to allow impending FAs to test the market and gives them a chance to re-sign with their current club once they know what their market value and give their current clubs a bigger edge on retaining players. If the Eagles were really interested in re-signing DRC, they could do it now even after he’s had a chance to find out what everyone else is offering. (But I don’t think they are).

  • ICDogg

    Some guys are not going to fit well with the Eagles no matter how good they seem to be. For example Loadholdt is not what we’re looking for, while Winston might be.

  • Richard Colton

    I’ll pass on all three thank you.

    This is a multi-year fix. A rebuild, not a re-tool, making the 29-35 y/o free agents a luxury.

    Here’s my draft (since we’re all doing it here). I’ve made two assumptions. First – all the players are there when I want them to be, but round selections are based on a combination of CBS/ESPN player rankings. Second, that the birds draft with the understanding that Kelly’s 2013 record is less important than his making the playoffs in 2014.

    Round 1: Luke Joeckel (OT)
    Round 2: Jesse Williams (NT)
    Round 3: Terron Armstead (OT)
    Round 4: Tyrann Mathieu (CB)
    Round 5: JJ Wilcox (SS)
    Round 6: JC Tretter (OG)
    Round 7: Brad Wing (P)
    Round 7: Traded for a #6 in 2014

    • GGeagle

      you cant even field a starting defense with this draft ;lol
      Must be nice to just draft positions of players we have and avoid one we dont have sarters or backups for lol

      • Richard Colton

        yep. Thinking birds 2002 draft, instead of 2011 draft. Which one was better in your opinion? D-line and O-line look like the deepest positions in this draft, so I’m getting value.

    • dave

      Surely you must be australian? You draft both aussies and one is a punter. Agree that eagles need a jessie williams type to clog up the middle of the d. Guess we will see.

      • Richard Colton

        G-day. Was hoping someone would notice that. I’m hoping he falls to round two. If Star and the other strong DTs aren’t in this draft, Jesse is a round 1 pick.

    • Hedi Elkhal

      well Joeckel will be gone 1st overall because KS just signed Smith. I think Philly goes Milliner or Dion Jordan with the 4th.

      • Richard Colton

        Possible. What’s great about this year is Joeckal =/= Luck. No clear cut #1. I’d be happy to substitute Jordan or Fisher with that pick.

  • ICDogg

    I agree with Roseman here; I would like to see some positions stabilized even if it means bringing in a 30-year-old for a year or two; but I don’t think he means bringing in a 34-year-old. Especially Harrison, who does not have the height.

  • Dilleria

    just read that Jarvis Jones was cleared by doctors…they determined that he NEVER had spinal stenosis and is fine. THAT MEANS DRAFT HIM EAGLES!!!!!!!!

    • Sensei

      Just read the same thing I think he would be the best option for the switch to the 3-4 and has the production/potential to match the #4 pick

      • Dilleria

        honestly I truly believe his the best player in the draft….not just the best OLB, but best of anyone. He’s a true freak of nature…