Eagles Wake-Up Call: Byrd Previously On Radar?

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This isn’t the first time the Eagles’ front office has at least considered the idea of safety Jairus Byrd playing in Philadelphia.

Byrd is set to become a free agent today at 4 p.m., but according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan, the Eagles looked into trading for Byrd last year.


"They do like Byrd to a certain extent," Caplan said during an interview Monday with Joe DeCamara on 97.5 The Fanatic. "They were engaged in trade talks last year for Jairus Byrd, and it just didn't come down to fruition. It was hard to do because he was on the franchise tag last year, and remember once the franchise tag deadline of July 15 is over, you can't sign a franchise player to an extension. So that just made it very difficult to do. This time around, I think the money is way too high, a reported $9 million. I think the number would have to be significantly lower to get involved."

The nugget is important for this reason: It reveals that the Eagles at least like and appreciate Byrd's skill set. They still are probably longshots, but if Byrd doesn't have a deal during the first 24 hours of free agency, maybe Howie Roseman makes a call.

It'll be fascinating to see how much a team is willing to pay for Byrd's services. Every year, we see players/agents and front offices disagree on value. He may want $9 million per year, but will anyone give him that? Albert Breer of NFL Network went as far as to say Byrd's demands are scaring teams off. As always, we'll wait and see what happens.

Previously, we listed six safeties the Eagles could target, including some mid-tier options and sleepers. Caplan is another person who thinks Carolina's Mike Mitchell could fit the bill, and he added another name to the mix.

"The names I find to be interesting [are] Mike Mitchell, who played as a free safety more than a box safety, can do either," Caplan said. "I mentioned James Ihedigbo. I doubt Chris Clemons is on their radar. I don't think he fits with what they're looking for. But those two names - Ihedigbo ant Mitchell - make the most sense to me."

Ihedigbo (6-1, 214) almost never came off the field for the Ravens last year, playing 99.6 percent of the team's snaps, per Pro Football Focus. His playmaking numbers were good. Ihedigbo broke up 11 passes, had three interceptions and forced two fumbles. He also held up well against the run and has good size.

Ihedigbo turned 30 in December, but didn't start a game during his first three seasons in the league. On a short-term deal, he's another safety name to keep in mind.

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A roundup of all the free agency moves and rumors from Monday.

T-Mac offers an updated look at the safety market.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com thinks Ravens cornerback Corey Graham could make sense for the Eagles:

One player who can play a number of roles and be a valuable jack of all trades is Corey Graham of the Ravens. Graham has the versatility to play both on the outside and in the slot, and he made the Pro Bowl after the 2011 season with the Bears as a standout special teamer.

Graham would be a tremendous addition, however, he may see himself as a starter in the NFL, thus making Philly a tough sell.

The latest mock draft at SB Nation has the Eagles taking Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby at No. 22:

Philadelphia’s outside cornerbacks last season were picked apart. Roby didn’t have the season many expected, but some of his bad moments were a symptom of tendencies that are coachable. Don’t forget, many considered Roby a top-15 talent coming into the season. The talent is still there.

COMING UP

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  • NickS1

    I’m like a rich kid on Christmas morning who’s going to be very upset if he doesn’t get a high priced gift or two. I’ve been waiting for a new Beamer or Benz for years now, but I’m going to be real pissed if I end up with a Ford Fusion.

    • Harty

      Rich kids become poor kids when their parents aren’t smart enough to spend money wisely……

      • NickS1

        Makes sense, so go Beamer instead of Benz.

        • TripSquadMonopoly

          Hahaha yeah beamer is sooo much cheaper than Benz

          • NickS1

            I meant quality. It’s also a personal preference. Much like the choice between Byrd and Ward.

    • philliesfan136

      You should change your name from ( NickS1 ) to Jeffery Lurie. ” If my MOMMY doesn’t buy me this football team ….. i’m gonna be soooooo mad ! “

      • peteike

        you seem to have wealth envy

  • cliff henny

    getting the feeling Eagles’ fans are Spaulding and Howie is Judge Smails.
    .
    Spaulding: “I want a hamburger (Ward), no a cheeseburger.(Byrd) I want a hotdog(Jenkins). I want a milkshake(Graham). I want potato(Mitchell) …

    Judge Smails: “You’ll get nothing and like it!”
    .

  • JReamer

    Anyone think they’ll have any interest in Antonio Cromartie?

    • Dominik

      Maybe pair him up with Revis again?

      Then we go on and sign Byrd and Ward and we’re gonna have our own legion of boom. :D Can’t afford it, of course, but that never stopped Jerry Jones from doing anything, has it?

    • guest

      I doubt they look at Cromartie. He has a lot of Character question marks and baggage. It seems the organization wants nothing to do with that type of personalities in the locker room after the dream team fiasco.

      • Uncle Wonder

        what character questions marks? his kids? idr him having any real issues

  • Honest_T

    I don’t understand you guys, haven’t we learned that winning free agency never results in a championship. everyone wants to hand a blank check to a 28 year old safety that can’t run and has planter fasciitis in both feet. Byrd has been a good player, but he is plateauing in his career. I’d rather get an ascending player that leaves cap flexibility. Also, it’s not like safety is the only hole on this D, we need edge rushers, LB, and a NT.

    It may not be a popular thing to say, but I trust Howie, Gamble, and Chip to bring in the right players, and Gamble certainly built a great defense in SF. I want the team built to continue improving for years, not one with cash tied up in players that will start breaking down in a year or two. To that point, we also have to consider that other than LJ and Kelce, our OL is old and we are in serious need of depth and youth as age catches up with them. I think we may have the oldest OL in football.

    • cliff henny

      what the defense needs is talent/impact players. these players are sought after and paid well. sure, it’s better all around if these guys are draft, but doubt PM 24/7 wants their eyes burned out with that list again. no one has every suggested blank check, 8m-9m is what top safeties cost. Eagles have plenty of money to get 1 impact player, name a OLB or DL that is available? FA is to fix holes, safety is about as glaring as it gets. it can be fixed and not have detrimental effect on current or future cap.

    • aub32

      Safety isn’t the only hole, but it’s certainly the biggest. Also, going from one of the worst safety groups in the league to getting a top 3-5 safety would help out both the front and back end tremendously. He’s 27 now and will be 28 during the season. That’s not that old. Also, good players that were never fast age really well because they don’t have much speed to lose. Just because Nnamdi broke down does not mean we shouldn’t take a player over 25. That’s just silly.
      ….
      Who are we paying on defense? Demeco makes good but not huge money. Cole with most likely be gone next year. No one else has earned a huge pay day. The offense has been paid and locked up. So where’s this money that you’re saving going? The cap will likely jump another 10M next year. So paying Byrd will not hinder us from getting anyone else.
      ….
      You mentioned the O line getting old. How does that have anything to do with FA. Other than RG, anyone we bring in will ride the pine. We already have decent depth and guys we are trying to develop in Kelly, Tobin, Bamiro and Barbre. The draft is where we will likely go for depth and young lineman to develop. I think you are just being gun shy.

    • Yes_General

      This is a players league. The seahawks brought in several guys that contributed to their Superbowl run. Just because the Eagles lack the ability to consistently find FA talent doesnt mean the process is flawed. Cant wait to see who stays and who goes. Sproles is on the market, Woodley is on the market, Steve Smith IMO would be a huge weapon in the slot. So many possibilities. But IMO who ever we acquire in FA, hopefully this does not effect our draft selections.

    • Honest_T

      I agree Cliff, we need talent and impact players, and I might also add depth. I’m just advocating looking at the back end of the deal, too. Do you want $9 million tied up for another 2 or 3 years in a 30 year old safety with foot problems? I don’t, but that is the fun of this, everyone has a different opinion. Part of the reason I like this site is the quality of opinions shared.

      I will put my hypocrisy in full view, though, as I might write a big check to Demarcus Ware.

      BTW, up vote for the Caddyshack reference.

    • Armchairgm3

      It’s all relative for me. Byrd is a clear upgrade over any player we have and any player we can acquire in the draft. But it just depends at what price. I would not want Byrd at $8-9 mil. But at 6.5 or 7? Absolutely. Especially if it is front loaded and gives us the flexibility to get out of the deal after year 2.

      • aub32

        Why not 8-9M? What are you doing with that extra 2M? Why is it so hard to understand that we don’t need to be cheap. We have no elite contracts on defense. What is the harm in paying one big money guy?

        • Armchairgm3

          Getting him at a good price is great. Paying him like the top safety in the league after he is coming off serious injuries to both feet is something entirely different. And there is no guarantee that Byrd is elite. Or that he will pan out as an elite talent here.

  • oreofestar

    The Eagles should just give him a damn deal!!! PANIC!!!

  • GEAGLE

    Few more hours

    • cliff henny

      8, to be exact…and then the real freaking begins, as hopeful targets start getting plucked 1 by 1.

      • NickS1

        I’m waiting to turn on ESPN when I get home from work to see headlines that Howie pulled the biggest coup in FA history. Byrd AND Ward. At which point a cigar will be lit.

        • Uncle Wonder

          Biggest coup in FA history? lol, what would that be exactly?

          • NickS1

            Byrd and Ward.

          • Uncle Wonder

            IDK if that would be a coup…we will have to actually pay them what they are worth…a coup would be getting Revis from TB for a 5th lol

          • NickS1

            That’d be stupid to give up the 5th. He’s going to be cut by Wednesday if he isn’t traded. And considering rumors of their prices, more Byrd’s, being an issue, nabbing both for a combined 15-16 is worth every cent.

          • Uncle Wonder

            Roster has too many holes for that…cant pay that much for the safety position. Any secondary will be in trouble with our anemic pass rush.

          • NickS1

            Once you cut Chung after, draft another safety, you have about 17-18 at the position, not horrible. Given cap increases coming, definitely feasible.

  • GEAGLE

    Cory Graham will be an eagle… Sorry Rob :)

    • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

      don’t sorry me nothing! I’d love for him to be an Eagle. But don’t see it, it’d be essentially the same situation he walked into in Bmore and he will at least get the opportunity to start somewhere else. I’d give anything to have him over Roc, and honestly sconces.
      My only issue was always you trying to convert him to S. Other than idle chatter from when he was a CHI bear, that’s just silly talk

      • GEAGLE

        Don’t want him playing safety either…but we have to offer him a chance to compete for a starting spot to entice him…Boykin has the slot on lock, so I hope we can sell him on competing for the starting safety, not that he would actually win that job…
        ..
        Word is he is gone from the ravens and it’s between us and dysfunctional skins(who knows what’s true)…I like our chances to get him to play for Chip, instead of chips dysfunctional rival … But I def agree that he shouldn’t be our safety unless 5 safeties are in the trainers room

  • GEAGLE

    Anyone see any Alex Carrington rumors? Haven’t seen him linked to anyone..guess he is in undercover talks with howie

    • Johnny Domino

      Loved her on “Dynasty”.

      • GEAGLE

        Yeah I don’t know what that means

        • Johnny Domino

          That’s OK, it was mostly for me.

      • UKEagle99

        I always ‘preferred’ Amanda Carrington myself.

        • Johnny Domino

          Royal is nice, but I’m more bitchy.

  • G_WallyHunter

    Just saw on Roto la canfora is saying eagles calling about Ward.. too bad its la canfora

    • cliff henny

      it’s not bad

      • G_WallyHunter

        Haha edited.. ya I hope they get him at a cheaper rate than Byrdy

        • GEAGLE

          Both!!!! Lol

        • cliff henny

          one thing about ward over byrd is byrd means chung stays. give me ward/jenkns and cut chung

    • GEAGLE

      Today will be glorious

      • G_WallyHunter

        Is Woodley a great edge rusher OLB? Is he just a Trent Cole?
        I’ve always despised the Steelers never followed him

        • GEAGLE

          Great edge rusher when he is healthy and not lazy…word is he is following Ray Horton to the Titans..if Horton wants you you can play

        • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

          outplayed by worilds last season. no need for unmotivated old guy, especially as a replacement for our still-motivated old guy

    • Threagles

      La Canfora is not the best source; he’s the author of the infamous article saying Roseman was scaring people away from the Eagles, planted by Banner.

      • G_WallyHunter

        Ya he’s usually wrong 50% of the time, which is probably one of the worst rates among reporters alike

        • NickS1

          I’d figure 50% is average. Sure he’s not more like 65%?

          • aub32

            82%?

  • oreofestar

    This report made me more nervous about him landing here, Thanks Shiel

    • cliff henny

      how’s that possible. hope your family has EMT services waiting outside starting at 4.

      • oreofestar

        ” I think the money is way too high, a reported $9 million. I think the number would have to be significantly lower to get involved.”

        PANIC!

        • cliff henny

          Ah, Caplan’s working off projected 2 weeks ago numbers. Byrd’s having difficult time getting to 8m.

          • oreofestar

            If Byrd is not signed today my anxiety is going through the roof, I really hope they just sign him

          • cliff henny

            almost want to read/see your online meltdown if they announce 4yrs/26m 14m guaranteed for Mitchell

          • oreofestar

            you would not here anything because I would jump off a bridge

          • NickS1

            Call Howie and tell him your feelings, see if it helps. Let your family know that you did, so they can do things the American way and file a suit against him for free agency negligence.

          • oreofestar

            He will be charged for causing me to kill himself but I llke Howie so I do not want him to go to jail so just bring in a big safety and we have no problems :)

          • cliff henny

            stand outside NovaCare with a vest made of hotdogs painted like sticks of dynamite. hang a sign around your neck…”Byrd or Boom”

          • oreofestar

            Thats a long drive :P

          • cliff henny

            HA! that’s your issue with the plan

          • oreofestar

            pretty much

          • GEAGLE

            Think I haven’t tried that? Kelce called my bluff

          • hillbillybirdsfan

            Kelce was quoted on Birds 24/7 – “I can’t believe I ate the whole vest”

          • GEAGLE

            E true Hollywood story :)

          • Warhound

            Sorry, but: …hear anything…

          • oreofestar

            -_- ok…….

          • oreofestar

            I just have this feeling that Howie is still reluctant to spend big and we will not bring Byrd or Ward in, I hope to be proved wrong this afternoon

          • aub32

            I think that’s all a smoke screen. Howie is one of the few GMs able to pull off trades and big FA signings without anyone getting advance notice. Last year, there was no one worth giving huge money to. Plus there were so many holes that we needed to bring in a bunch of guys and hoped some of them stick. Our offense is set. Our front 7 is solid and mostly in need of depth. The two biggest upgrades that can be made are at S and ROLB. There isn’t a premium pass rusher available. So why not go S. We will still have enough for some mid level guys. Plus there are still moves to be made that will free up even more cap space.

          • oreofestar

            I freaking hope so but if Byrd or Ward are not Eagles by 6 I do not know if will be able to control myself

          • aub32

            Hahaha. I don’t know if I see Byrd flying off the board. I liken Byrd to the Nnamdi situation. All the 12M-14M talk had teams all over the place. Then the numbers started to become much more realistic as true suitors set a buying price. The Eagles sat back watching the fray knowing all along that they would get a chance to bid once the rumors and pretenders were out of the way. That’s where I hope the comparison ends though. I’d really like for Byrd to not bring us the same disappointment on the field.

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

            I love so much about this post.

          • G_WallyHunter

            Don’t let some national sport where millionaires throw a ball around give you so much personal pressure and grief, just aint worth it friend.
            The sports are there as a distraction, only give them their due attention.

  • loyalEagle34

    Time to see what Howie Gamble and Chip been so quiet doing over past months! Wouldn’t be mad with one splash we deserve it for all the years we been starving and still LOYAL!

  • JofreyRice

    All these rumors about unexciting bums and no one mentions Schefter saying Pats and Eagles major players on Revis?

    Glazer said he’s def getting traded or cut.

    • GEAGLE

      I don’t believe it, but whatever…TY law drooling over Revis

    • cliff henny

      only watched 1 Bucs game, vs Eagles…how much does Revis have left in tank?

      • aub32

        He made a pro bowl coming off of an ACL injury. He could’ve quit on the team for being so bad, but he played his butt off.

        • cliff henny

          well, got my interest! remember, b-fletch is 3m no dead.

        • Uncle Wonder

          Cromartie also made the pro bowl (alternate)…and can probably be had for half as much

          • aub32

            Cromartie is good, but I keep hearing that he wasn’t as good last year as he was in 2012. Despite their awful talent, the team went 8-8. So he had reason to try his best. However, Revis played for a worse team, had a better season, and will likely be better in year 2 removed from his knee injury. I wouldn’t break the bank, but I would give him Sam Shields money.

          • Uncle Wonder

            Revis will almost certainly get more than Shields did…my point in the othr post probably was kinda obscure but making the pro bowl isnt the only important metric b/c lots of ppl make the PB…i would absolutely kick the tires with Revis but first priority for me has to be finding a way to get to the QB…you do that you can put just about anybody in the secondary.

          • aub32

            I agree, but we have to look at what’s available. If Ware were the one getting cut, I would be pounding the table for him. However, Revis is the one on the chopping block and fits a need. The front end and the back end work together. So having Revis would give our current guys more time to get to the QB, especially if we pair him with Byrd. I want a pass rusher as much as anyone here. However, I won’t pass on what I think could be a great signing (Revis) for someone that’s a marginal upgrade over Cole. We still have the draft and the ability to trade to find a pass rusher. Bolstering our secondary does not mean we can’t improve our pass rush.

          • Warhound

            “So having Revis would give our current guys more time to get to the QB….” The better QBs will throw the ball away to avoid coverage sacks. What it would do is allow more blitzing.

    • aub32

      Revis has to get cut. He’s making so much more than every other top CB. No one is going to pick up that contract in addition to giving away a draft pick. I would be completely down for bringing in Revis. He made the pro bowl after coming off an ACL injury despite playing for a terrible team. He can line up against the opposing teams’ best WR, allowing Fletch to do a decent job on the #2 guy. Put CW as #4 and draft a guy early to groom and eventually take over.

      • JofreyRice

        Yeah he’s still awesome. Wasted with uncreative Les Fraziers coverages.

        • oreofestar

          He is good but he is gonna want a ton of cash that I would rather give to Byrd

          • aub32

            Both? I know that’s a lot of money but it’s two different positions. Plus the guys next to them (Wolff and Fletch) make nearly nothing. Our secondary would be a strength and all that would be left is LB/DL depth and a pass rusher.

        • Richard Colton

          Or is he done? I remember the same things being said about Nnamdi in Juan’s system. Turns out he was wrong for the system AND he was finished.

          • aub32

            Revis is far from finished. We can’t allow what happened with Nnamdi to scare us from bringing in an elite talent.

          • Richard Colton

            I’m gun shy Aub. Especially when I hear the same exact arguments being made about Revis that were made about Nnamdi. My question is, if he’s still so good, why are the Bucs cutting him? Their defensive backfield isn’t exactly stocked. They’re in the running for Byrd.

          • aub32

            He’s making too much money. They guy is making 16M with no bonus money. That means his entire 16M goes against the cap. The next highest paid CB is making 4-5M less. The Bucs can’t keep that contract.

      • Uncle Wonder

        His contract is big but its actually a team friendly deal. Its basically an annual franchise contract. The team can cut him after any year w/o dead money

        • aub32

          That’s true, but that means the cap hit is enormous. Plus no other CB is getting anywhere close to that kind of money. You can’t pay a guy 6M more than the next highest paid guy at the same position.

    • Token

      Was just gonna post. Two things….. When Revis went to the Bucs I didnt pay attention. Does he still have something left in the tank. 29 this year, but did have that injury. And will he come cheap? Well, relatively speaking compared to that horrific contract he had there.

      Personally, id rather sign a safety first and foremost over any corner. Id also rather give Revis money to the OTHER safety before id think about Revis. So in a perfect world id pay Ward and Byrd to both come here instead of giving that money to Revis. I think with those safeties they would be ok at corner this year. Then next year you pop Boykin outside. Cut Cary. Then either keep Fletch or a rookie from this year starts.

      • GEAGLE

        May not be top expensive now, but after he plays well, he will be doing sit ups in his driveway….stay the hell away from him

        • Token

          Ugh yea. Its hard to be frustrated that they are actually interested in a high caliber player tho.

          But I still believe Byrd+Ward is something Id much rather have over Byrd/Ward+Revis.

          But, maybe they dont like Byrd. I dunno what to make of it.

          • GEAGLE

            Think we will get our super safety in a few hours…least I hope

          • Token

            My source Wilbert tells me Byrd is already in Philly. Its happening.

          • GEAGLE

            Me and Ward had a slumber party last night..we are getting BOTH

          • aub32

            I know your distain for CW. So I will offer you this. Revis would be a bigger upgrade over CW than Ward would be over Wolff/FA/Draft pick.

          • oreofestar

            Also a more expensive upgrade

          • aub32

            I trust Howie with the money. We have more than enough cap room for both. Plus we can get more by cutting Chung and restructuring DJax. Next year we will have Cole, Graham, and others coming off of the books. Plus the cap will increase. I don’t see why money is an issue.

      • Eagledelphia

        If I remember correctly Revis graded out as PFF’s number 1 corner

      • JofreyRice

        His ability lets you do a lot. Makes everything easier. Wouldnt give up too much in a pick tho.

        • Token

          o wait hes not cut? Which would mean we take over that horrible contract. Pass on that one. Wait a extra day

          • cliff henny

            can trade with him agreeing to new contract. there’s no guarantees in it, so can be reworked. that 2nd 5th or 7th. then bring in like 8 udfa cbs, see if ones worthy to develop. figured1 pick in draft was going towards a cb anyway

          • aub32

            I’d take Revis for 2-4 years over some 7th round pick unlikely to make the team. We traded AS for a 6th. Get it done Howie.

          • cliff henny

            yeah, I couldn’t care less about 7th, barely 6th. if I were gm, i’d be packaging those all day to get vets on good deals (Benn-good move bad knees) or together to move into 5th rd.

          • JofreyRice

            No was wrong. He’d be cut.

      • aub32

        You keep wanting to pop Boykin outside despite the fact that he hasn’t shown he can play there, nor has the team shown that they have any intention of putting him out there. Why not get Revis and Byrd. Then CW becomes a high end #4. Think of our nickel defense. Our LBs could focus on the run knowing Revis, Byrd, Boykin, and Fletch have things on the back end covered. Wolff should be able to handle in the box responsibilities.

        • oreofestar

          If we get Byrd first then you can get Revis but if we have to choose get me Byrd please!

          • aub32

            I agree with that. I definitely want Byrd first and foremost.

        • Token

          Cary makes 6.4 mil this year. Hes not sitting the bench as much as we may want him to.

          Im not having another Boykin argument. Id rather not hate on one of our only good defensive players.

          • aub32

            Who is hating on him? The guy is one of the best gunners in the games. He is one of the best nickel CBs in the game. I know this because I have seen this. I have not seen Boykin play outside in the pros. The coach, who has earned my trust, has opted time and again not to put him outside. This is not a money issue, as CK or BD made the decision to put Roc on the outside before putting Boykin out there. So there is literally no indication that Boykin will ever be placed outside. All evidence points to him remaining the slot CB. Don’t get mad at me because you refuse to be rational and make projections based on your “feelings” instead of what is actually happening.

          • Token

            Ok then hes gone in two seasons. He will start somewhere. Not getting into it. Nice try tho.

  • GEAGLE

    Is Tom LAwlor drunk? Well any more dunk then normal? First he pumps up that bum Mitchell, and now he wants to sign Revis? Smh….

    • loyalEagle34

      I’m all over everything and didn’t see this bit of info!? Revis will cost to much no way were in that mix

    • cliff henny

      Revis/Jenkins combo, has to be upgrade, unless Revis is shell of himself

      • GEAGLE

        Don’t want that jackass anywhere near our locker room. He will have one good year and then hold us hostage for 50millon…screw him

        • cliff henny

          he’s made his money now. maybe now that he’s older, have little more maturity. I can put up with alittle headache if you can play. heck, we just went thru a yr with sconce

          • GEAGLE

            I don’t believe in paying CBs monster money….teams no longer use just two outside WRs and a TE….philosophically, payng a corner so much doesn’t make much sense to me…so he can take an opponents weapon out of the equation, teams still have like 5 more weapons.ll.rather spend big on a safety. Who can make life easier for ALL our Corners, and help out against ALL of an opponents weapons….Revis is going to cost aleast 10mil per year, ATLEAST,…don’t see how that can possibly be the best use of 10mil

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

            he’s made his money now. maybe now that he’s older, have little more maturity
            wasn’t that T.O.’s shtick? ugh, like saying maybe Vick will stay healthy.
            I’m the first fan in line to see sconces replaced. But if we’re spending money in FA, I want the last name to rhyme with turd.

          • cliff henny

            don’t think Revis any where near TO. I dont hold players squabbling over money against them…now, if they take it to the field, then I do. it’s a fine line for sure.

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

            I just don’t get Revis. Someone will overpay. Rather it not be us. Don’t want almost 30 corners being brought in via FA anymore, I don’t think it’s that big of a need. Just get someone better than Roc and a draft pick and I’ll be happy heading into the season. Verner is only exception, I like what I saw on an all-22 of his.
            Pass rush will make everyone back there look better

          • aub32

            This was posted above, but it surpasses the All 22 on Verner. Revis can still ball.

            http://presnapreads.com/2014/02/26/darrelle-revis-the-numbers-the-tape-the-verdict-2014/

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

            I’d only consider him after S (as plenty others, I believe you, said on here as well).
            At that point, I don’t think Eagles will pull the trigger. Look at some ridiculous $$$ being handed out already, what if Revis gets >7 this year? I don’t think he’s worth it. Just my take.

          • aub32

            I don’t see how he isn’t worth it? The guy can take out almost any WR in the league. Think how much easier it will be to stop Eddie Lacy knowing that Jordy Nelson is locked down. Last year we saw our run defense crumble as we geared up to stop the pass. This guys takes away the #1 option of any team. That means we can actually stop both the run and pass at the same time.

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

            ok

  • Wilbert31

    I just met Jarius Byrd at the Philadelphia International Airport. Seems like a nice guy. He told me not to get excited, he’s just visiting family. Then he winked at me. Is he gay? Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    • Uncle Wonder

      lol

    • G_WallyHunter

      You’re gonna give some commenters a heart attack with a comment like that

      • oreofestar

        *Raises hand*

        • G_WallyHunter

          You and geagle were the first two I thought of

          • GEAGLE

            I’m actually calm, woke up feeling good…getting my popcorn ready to watch Howie put on a show..

            Team Chill is in the building

          • G_WallyHunter

            Good to hear one less fandom-inflicted fatality to think about, I too, am getting ready for the spectacle, how the hell am I supposed to work…
            Revis signed and Fletcher released or Sconces released…. Is this actually a possibility? If Revis can be had on a 4 yr 12 guaranteed or something…?

          • GEAGLE

            Don’t hold your breathe..Cary and Brad are our starting corners

          • oreofestar

            Team Chill eh…. sound nice

          • Ark87

            You, team chill? I can buy the popcorn bit, but eaten in the TO-celebration style…was going to post it…but i wouldn’t put a picture of a cowboy celebrating in this sacred place.

          • GEAGLE

            Yeah you def can’t do that…this is sacred land,,…I’m calm, seriously, I’m not worried…”think Howie gonna put on a show

          • CJ

            Prescription refill, perhaps? :)

          • Richard Colton

            Corey Graham is GEAGLE certified, you put yourself out there with that one. Personally I hope it happens. We are extremely shallow at CB.

    • Token

      So what your telling me is Byrd and Ward are both signing here

      • Wilbert31

        Is his name tj? If so, you might be on to something. That was the other guys name.

      • GEAGLE

        Basically….

    • oreofestar

      Please tell me you did not see Mike Mitchell!!!!!!

      • GEAGLE

        He is In DC laughing at how much he took Snyder for

        • oreofestar

          Hopefully I will be able to order a Byrd jersey today

    • philliesfan136

      LIAR ……….. not nice at all.

    • Armchairgm3

      Weird. Just saw Revis leaving Tampa airport on southwest flight to Philly. Maybe they are related?

      • Wilbert31

        Hope so!

    • kstagg

      My, a little confident aren’t we? How cute are you? Are you in his league that you think he would actually wink at you? Be honest. If not, then he was here to sign. /s

      • Wilbert31

        It was tongue in cheek but neither tongue is going near either cheek.

  • Stuart Philp

    In an attempt to lower my expectations for 4pm… I would be happy with someone like Mitchell or Jenkins at safety. Not all-pros, but they could get the job done for a reasonable price (like CW and BF). They would be an upgrade over what we have, and would be good enough while we look for cheaper talent in the draft (same plan as CB). Our starting corners make $9mil combined, there’s no way we are throwing that amount at one safety. Who is decent that’s available for ~$5mil max? Mitchell or Jenkins. That’s who we’re going after.

    but secretly it’s byrd and ward

    • oreofestar

      If I see Mitchell’s name one more time….

      • Nfl All Day

        Mitchells name

        • oreofestar

          *commits suicide

          • Nfl All Day

            How do you type that fast?

          • oreofestar

            IDK

          • Michael

          • Nfl All Day

            Heheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheeheheh…

  • cliff henny

    tell you what, Howie starts announcing Revis trade, TJ ward or Byrd at 7m/yr, Graham or Jenkins signings, all this build-up for ’15 is out the F’N window! Foles better be real deal…Howie’s making this $h!t real!

    • oreofestar

      Revis gonna be so damn expensive,I am not interested

      • cliff henny

        10m? can be worked in. FLetcher reduces whatever he signs by 3m, if need be.

        • Token

          Id rather give that to the safety we dont sign. But if I cant have my way, they yea id take him. You think it will be that much tho? Would surprise me if the Eagles paid that.

          • GEAGLE

            ATleast 10mil…..personally I think this is crazy talk…

            Rather have a young Verner…

          • G_WallyHunter

            Refer to my contract above, who knows, maybe he’d be willing to take a contract like that for a championship. Especially considering what he brings to the table, he knows he can take a defense to the next level

          • GEAGLE

            Be absolutely shocked if this materializes

          • Ark87

            Top dollar for an aging corner who used to be the best in the league… yeah, this sounds familiar…Howie would be betting his job on it if it doesn’t work

          • GEAGLE

            RIGHT!!! We can’t have any quality free agency because of the NNamdi debacle, but they aren’t afraid to give a 30yr old corer 10mil plus? I can’t possibly believe this report

          • George

            This is why it won’t happen

          • cliff henny

            no idea, but he wont be 5m or 15m, so picked middle number. Eagles can easily sign Revis/ward/Jenkins combo, say 20m. cut casey (3m) chung(2m) andFLetcher(3m) to offset costs. doesn’t destroy cap

          • G_WallyHunter

            I really like ur thinkin here Hennessey

          • Token

            Yea they can def do it thats what ive been preaching.

          • aub32

            Where would your CB depth be if you cut Fletcher. Can’t just make decisions based on money and cap hits.

          • cliff henny

            corey graham too. i’m just tossing off-setting numbers out, ifprice tag is making people think twice. still think Jax will clear 4m more. let’s just agree, there’s money, not endless Oakland money, but enough to make 2 big, and 3 or 4 smaller. or 1 big, 2 middle, 3 or 4 smaller.

          • aub32

            I don’t disagree that there is money. I have been saying that for the past few days. That’s not even mentioning the money coming off of the books next season. So I don’t get why fans are so concerned about money.

        • oreofestar

          If Shields got 10mil then Revis will definitely get more

          • cliff henny

            just pulled up Revis stats, PFF and such…as pointed below, dude is still a baller. he let’s you play 10 v 10, takes away best WR, mean that is still worth a lot! we can say nfl is changing, but talent on field is talent on field.

          • oreofestar

            Thinking this Talib and Verner will get huge deals today, and Revis is better than both I think he will command $13mil a year I would rather get Byrd for $4.5mil

          • cliff henny

            yeah, has to correct price. 10m, Howie’s in conversation. getting to teens, sure he’s moved on. Revis is 30, might hold back market. see how it plays out. but for correct price, it can be worked in. and fletcher can be shown door to off-set cost 3m. why cap flexibility matters

          • aub32

            What??!!! Byrd isn’t going anywhere for 4.5M. Was that a typo?

        • aub32

          I wouldn’t cut Fletch. He’s better than CW and for only 3M. Signing Revis and cutting Fletch just means we are struggling at CB depth once again. Signing Revis and keeping Fletch means we have a #1 and #2 guy with a guy who can be a decent starter coming off of the bench.

      • G_WallyHunter

        What if he collected his sweet 16mil and now wants to go to an up and coming team?
        Takes a 4 yr 40 mil with 14 guaranteed in years 1 2?
        Is that really that expensive?

        • aub32

          No way he takes so little money. Revis is still one of the top CBs in the game. He doesn’t and shouldn’t need to take such a huge pay cut to play for a contender. Plus we aren’t SEA or SF. We were a first round out. What’s with this play for a contender stuff. We are not SB favorites.

          • G_WallyHunter

            Whether you do or not, most ppl around the league see this team as an up-and-comer, tons of potential, pieces in place, reputable front office. Contender may be a little premature I get that.
            I agree he will be too much money, why I’m throwing out a hopeful contract like that, don’t really care for revis, like geagle said if they could get ward and Jenkins for less that would be huge..

          • aub32

            I am not saying this team does not have potential. I am saying that we aren’t SEA, SF, or DEN. If I were picking SB favorites, we would not be in the top 5. So I think saying that we are this sure fire thing is silly. We were just 4-12. I bring that up to point out that a team like the Lions or Falcons, or Browns could also be considered contenders with the right offseason moves. So this discount thing seems silly to me.

            Also, I am not saying we shouldn’t get him. I am saying he will cost more, but we should still try to get him.

    • GEAGLE

      Bucs been trying to trade Revis for 3 weeks….if they can’t they will cut him Weds…we won’t trade for him,signing him is more likely

  • Stuart Philp
  • loyalEagle34

    Tired of hearing Eagles are interested in this guy and reached out to this guy but then another analyst says they are not and did not!! Just bring on 4pm

    • Ark87

      we should start that game up. “The Eagles tried to reach Jarius Byrd, but it was his fax machine, no go.” “Ward’s camp attempted to reach out to Philly, but Howie’s voice mailbox is full” DELETE YOUR GD MESSAGES HOWIE, bwaaaaarg!

  • Eagledan

    Schefy reports we may be interested in Revis once hes released….. thoughts?

    • GEAGLE

      Bogus IMO

    • cliff henny

      100%…for right price…just like everyone else

  • GEAGLE

    Rappaort saying contrary to reports, eagles NOT interested in Ward…but we are interested in Revis? As if Howie would let a big rumor like Revis leak if it were true..
    ..
    Get everyone to look at Revis, while Howie signs Ward….Get em Howie!!

    • Uncle Wonder

      What difference does it make from a negotiation standpoint? The FO has no real advantage from their ‘secrecy.’ Its not like FO personnel around the league dont know who is in on who…its only the fans who are in the dark lol.

    • aub32

      If the Eagles want Byrd, why would it be so big a stretch for them to want Revis and not Ward? Revis is better than Ward and not much older. Plus, if we do get Byrd what exactly do we need Ward for? Revis would be much better in coverage. He’s also a decent tackler. We would be paying Ward an exorbitant amount to sit in the box. Wolff can do that.

  • GEAGLE

    Byrd has 4 more INTs then Revis, and younger and maybe even cheaper then revis

    • Uncle Wonder

      Thats cuz nobody throws at Revis

      • aub32

        100 Likes

  • GEAGLE

    Does anyone actually believe that BIg NEWS like Revis, would ever be leaked? When the hell has Howie let somethng really really big leaked before hand……you know who makes sense, the player new reports are saying We have no interest in, WARD!!!
    ..
    Why in the world would anyone in their right mind want a 30yr old CB for 11-13mil per year, when they can have 27yr old Ward AND 26yr old Jenkins for for like 11mil combined? Smh….

    13mil for Revis, when for 15mil you can have Ward AND Byrd? And Kam Chancellor and Earl our way to a Super Bowl?
    ..
    I just don’t believe this Revis d talk…too big of news for everyone to know about, that’s not HOW-WE Operate

    • Nfl All Day

      ALL-TERRAIN VERNER!

    • peteike

      Tampa is leaking all kinds of interest for Revis in the waning hours. Nobody buying that, teams will wait

  • GEAGLE

    But for those fans who are rooting for Revis, if we were to add him. We would NOT cut out starting corners.Brad would go to the bench and improve our depth….it’s easier for me to believe this Revis talk is a smoke screen for Byrd,Ward or Verner, then it being a real report…
    ..
    Btw Aurthur jones will sign with Colts..glad Giants won’t get him

    • aub32

      I think CW would go to the bench, but I agree with you in principle. Our CB depth is horrid. I don’t get why anyone thinks signing a #1 CB (Revis, Verner, or other) means cutting one of our current guys. CW would be a really good #4 option.

  • Nfl All Day

    T-minus 5 HOURS AND COUNTING!

  • Ale (Brazil)

    Come on Howie, get us a Super Bowl Team and let Chipman do the magic!