Free Agency Buzz: Sean Smith, Quin And Winston

In today’s Wake-Up Call, T-Mac provided the latest on Dashon Goldson and LaRon Landry.

In case you missed it from Monday night, the Eagles are also reportedly in the mix for Raiders defensive lineman Desmond Bryant.

Some other rumors and nuggets to round up:

* NFL Network’s Jeff Darlington says he ran into Sean Smith’s agent, and the three teams to watch are the Eagles, Chiefs and 49ers. The Dolphins’ cornerback has not been a consistently productive player, but he’s young (25) and has size (6-3). The question for the Birds will be price. They clearly need to find somebody to play cornerback, but Howie Roseman, Chip Kelly and company will have to determine Smith’s value. If the bidding gets beyond what they’re willing to spend, they could go in another direction. Click here for additional cornerback options.

* Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network said he’s hearing a lot of buzz about Texans safety Glover Quin going to the Lions. If the Eagles don’t land Goldson, Quin would potentially be an option. The 27-year-old made the switch from cornerback to safety before the 2011 season and has played well. As others have pointed out, though, Detroit is 23rd in cap space, so they will have to choose their spots in free agency.

* Right tackle Eric Winston has yet to choose a new team. Remember, he was released by the Chiefs, so he doesn’t have to wait until 4 p.m. to sign with another club. Winston, 29, met with the Chargers over the weekend, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

* Yesterday, Schefter said he did not expect Goldson to land in Philadelphia. But Jason La Canfora of doesn’t seem to agree. He is hearing that the Eagles “will be the team to pay Goldson what he wants, or close to it.”

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  • Tyler Phillips

    Because LaCanfora is always on target with his Eagles news. ha

  • Andy

    If La Canfora says the Eagles are going to get Goldson, chances are they will not.

    • borntosuffer

      Sadly, I was thinking the same thing.

  • Nick M

    I don’t understand why everyone wants Sean Smith. I’m not saying he is bad but he gets beat. For the money someone will pay him, he will be labled a bust.

    • JofreyRice

      it’s the measurables. A 6’3 215 pound CB that can run. I think these coaches all think they can be the guy that turns that potential into production.

    • jabostick

      I was a bit confused about the interest in Smith as well. If it is potential, well, DRC has about as high a ceiling as they come and everyone wanted him out the door asap. I looked up Smith’s tackling though and he is really sound. That could be a big part of it as well.

      • Septhinox

        While Smith may not have DRC’s attributes and may be inconsistent, he has provided far better seasons over the past 3 years than DRC.

    • stephenstempo

      I don’t know if its people ” want” so much as hear Kelly talk about bigger/longer defenders and linking the eagles with those names.

    • Token

      I hope its not us that pays him. Keenan Lewis is more interesting to me.

    • they want defenders who can hang with and get physical with bigger WRS and TE…no 5’9 189 corner is taking the ball from Boldin Fitz or Johnson

  • JofreyRice

    Not too big on Glover Quin, but he is an OK player. Little to no ball skills at all, which is weird for a guy that was a Cornerback before Wade Phillips switched him to Safety. He’s got 5 INTs in the past 3 years, but 3 of them came in one game versus the Titans–when they started that scrub Rusty Smith, and he put up one of the worst QBing performances in recent memory. He’s competent enough, I guess, but he’s average to a little undersized for SS in the system when compared to guys like Adrian Wilson or Kam Chancellor.

    I’m not as down on Goldson as some. He definitely has ball skills, has better size, and plays pretty viciously. I’d rather get 2 safeties in the draft, but I think Goldson won’t be a bad decision if that’s the route they go. My main beef is that they could have already signed George Wilson for a lot of the same things.

    • Token

      Id rather get 2 via draft as well. And I think they could.

      But if I had to choose between those two its Quin each time. Goldson is pretty over hyped IMO. Quin is not as flashy. Hes just a solid guy. He was used to cover the slot and tight ends in sub packages. He would be a good guy to have next to a more risk taking explosive player.

      But if they fill some other needs and use some high picks on safety id be happy with that. I just cant see them going safety at #4. Just isnt going to happen. But I think they like the idea of trading down and are hoping someone falls in love with a Milliner or Smith so they have a trading partner. A guy like Rambo should be available in the 3rd right? Safety is important and it may be our weakest position. I feel its hard to run a defense in general with brainless untalented safeties.

      • JofreyRice

        I like Rambo, too. I’d guess he’ll be there early 3rd, but what do I know? They have to fix the safeties. I see some folks talking about giving Nate another shot–I think that’s the wrong move. Make other plans and make Allen prove he should see the field.

        • Token

          Yea. Allen is a backup. Coleman has what you look for in a player minus any ability to actually play.

      • BT

        Didn’t Howie indicate he is poor at picking Safeties in the draft…well for God sake we shouldn’t want him to pick one then. Let’s fix the safety problem with a proven entity in FA. Hopefully they could get that right. Plus, do we want to use so many picks in the draft on safeties and corners, there are other holes too.

    • pjcostello

      Why not grab Adrian Wilson himself, then? He played for the Eagles’ DC, and could be a nice bridge to a draft choice — someone to show him the ropes, so to speak, while still playing at a high level.

      • Wilbert M.

        All local AZ reports indicate that Wilson has been in decline for the past couple years and he’s about done.

      • JofreyRice

        I’m ok with that. Then take a late round big SS to develop behind him. Cooper Taylor, TJ McDonald, RayRay Armstrong.

  • Richard Colton

    really not excited about any of these players. Do we want Smith at DRC prices? Or Goldson at 29 when we are 2 years minimum from contending and the draft is deep with safeties?