Eagle Check Out G/T Colledge

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles came out of last weekend’s draft without an offensive lineman.

That wasn’t the plan, but it was simply how the board played out. After the draft, the team added four priority free agents to the offensive line group.

But now, Howie Roseman and company are considering a move that’s much more about 2014 than the organization’s long-term vision. The team is taking a look at veteran offensive lineman Daryn Colledge, according to Adam Caplan.

Colledge, 32, fits one of Chip Kelly’s favorite phrases: Durability is the best ability. He has started 96 games in a row, dating back to 2006. The 6-foot-4, 308-pounder spent his first five seasons with the Packers before joining the Cardinals from 2011 to 2013. He would likely be looked at as a backup option, although Colledge might have an outside shot at pushing for a starting job.

What undoubtedly makes Colledge attractive to the Eagles is his versatility. Most of his NFL snaps have come at left guard, but he’s also played some tackle and even got reps at center last spring.

Allen Barbre seems close to a lock to be one of the Eagles’ primary backups. He, too, can play both guard and tackle. Other than Barbre, though, the competition for reserve spots along the offensive line is wide open.

The same five linemen started all 16 games for the Eagles last season. But they need to be prepared in case that doesn’t happen again. We’ll find out in the coming days if they think Colledge is a fit.

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  • JAMIN67

    Any time you can add a player that was born in Alaska, went to North Pole High School, and looks like he can wrestle a bear and win…it’s a good thing.

    • myeaglescantwin


    • Maggie

      To be technical, North Pole High is in the Northwest Territory of Canada, but okay. The second most arduous dog sled race, the Yukon Quest, runs from Dawson City, where the real gold rush of ’98 happened to Anchorage. Where I grew up on the north coast of B.C. we could almost see Alaska from our living room window. All facing a common enemy. Winter.

      • greensoul

        Winter is coming.

        • Bird of Prey

          Still laughing John Snow.

    • dislikedisqus

      That was funny, but in truth I think it is an under-appreciated factor in pro football that playing outdoors in the northeast or midwest in winter is a challenge that some guys who haven’t grown up in those conditions are not well adapted to. It would be an interesting study to do, how well success on teams in the colder cities tracks prior experience playing in the cold.

  • myeaglescantwin

    OL depth is something that an Eagles fan doesn’t take for granted.

    • knighn

      That’s what she said.

      • myeaglescantwin

        keepin it classy haha

        • knighn

          I like to throw out a random a “That’s what she said!” in a place that it doesn’t really make sense.
          Thought this one might get me in trouble… so I moderated myself.

          • IAteLunchToday

            lol I wondered if one of my earlier comments to the troll would get me in trouble. Maybe I was even more subtle than I thought :)

          • myeaglescantwin

            can’t lie, i miss some of this on the weekends.
            the only thing about my am workweek that i enjoy.
            (thats what she said)

          • knighn

            Well done!

          • knighn

            Unless it’s totally obscene or abusive I think you’re OK. One bad post probably won’t get you banned but probably will get you a warning. I had a good reply ready for the Troll and then they deleted him yesterday.

  • jabostick

    With so many vets saying how they’ve felt as good as they have in years because of the conditioning/super-secret sports science stuff, I bet there could be some good, cheap finds among older free agents who could have a couple quality years squeezed out of them.

    • Mark F

      “Super-secret”? Only in this society. “Let food be thy medicine” – Hypocrates.

      • jabostick

        If Shaun Huls finds out that you just called him a dietician, he is going to bench press you, kick your ass, and then give you a physiology report of the the whole beating. :)

      • Maggie

        “A cheerful heart is good medicine” – Eagles older O-line.
        “But a crushed spirit dries up the bones” – Tony Romo.
        Proverbs 17.

        • IAteLunchToday

          Week 17

  • PaoliBulldog

    The Jaguars cut Will Rackley yesterday. Of course, the Jags sucked last year, but he did start for them.

  • ship kelly

    I love OL men with big beards….

  • Joe from Easton

    I would like this pick up. He is almost the same age as Herremans and may even be able to push him for a starting role. If anything this pick up should get Herremans playing at a higher level or relegate him to the bench and probably, by next year, out of the door. I like TH, but his play has declined a lot in the last few years.

    • Javi Echie

      but his play picked up drastically towards the second half of the year as him and Lane got more comfortable on the right side. We definitely do need to start thinking about the future at guard tho after this year.

  • TheCatalyst

    I think we can all agree, the Eagles can never have too much beard.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Even if they’re vets over 30yo. That categorizes 3/5 of our current line so since we missed out in draft, we can’t be hypocritical. Any move to add quality depth on the OL for this year, is a good move.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Damn, Joe Haden just got $$$.

    • jp

      shame he has to spend the rest of his career with that sad franchise….

  • Bird of Prey

    I think that they’ll continue to bring in guys that are salary cap casualties and undrafted F/As to fill the line. They’ve been very good at that so far, ask Evan Mathis.