The Eagles have options when it comes to remedying their problems at the right cornerback position. They can fix it in the draft because there are a number of quality corners in the first and second round, whom they might be able to select.
If they go the draft route, they still may have to wait a half a season, a season or two season before the youngster or youngsters develop into NFL caliber players. It is cheaper but it could take longer or they could draft a guy who can’t do the job.
Another option will be developing one of last year’s third round draft picks, Trevard Lindley to step in and do the job. He’s got the raw skills, but doesn’t he have the smarts and instincts to be a star on this level. We’ll have to wait and see.
Every time the Eagles make a decision on their defense, they must take into account while making their decision that they have an offense that’s ready to go to the dance right now.
The other choice they may have depending on what happens with the CBA is the free agent market. We all know the best guy available is Nmandi Asomugha of the Raiders.
I know from an NFL source that the Eagles made a move after Asomugha before they signed Asante Samuel a few years back. He was made aware that the Eagles wanted him. Unfortunately, the Raiders slapped the franchise tag on Nmandi, so the Birds went to the next guy in line who was Samuel, but remember Asomugha was their first choice.
He is a shutdown corner and considered one of the best in the business, but he is going to cost at least $15 million dollars a year. Yesterday Eagles President Joe Banner said the Birds are capable of signing a player on his level. We’ll see.
Another guy who is a few years older and possibly headed for free agency is Champ Bailey of the Denver Broncos. Personally I think he’s too old for the Birds to make a move after him, but I brought his name up anyway. Bailey let it be known that he didn’t expect to be signed by the Broncos so he’s putting his Denver home on the market.
We heard a not so fast from Broncos team President John Elway, who tweeted this message earlier today. “We’ve been working with Champ Bailey’s representative this week on a new contract, which is an important priority for us. Our conversations have been constructive, and we’ll continue those talks in the hopes that we can reach an agreement. Champ’s an elite player who means a great deal to our entire organization and our fans. We want Champ to finish his Hall of Fame career as a Denver Bronco.”
Another guy who the Eagles could consider for their right cornerback position is Antonio Cromartie for the Jets. I know he’s got a spotty background and is one of those “Father of the Country” guys with kids all over the place, but he’s tall 6’2″ and he can run like a gazelle. The Birds must get some size at the cornerback positon because Hakeem Nicks, Miles Austin, and Dez Bryant, who play for the Giants and the Cowboys.
Cromartie is at his best when he can line up on a receiver and lock him down. He would be the answer to Giants and Cowboys big receivers. The Birds could blitz and attack the opposing offense with a guy like Cromartie on the corner.
The benefit of Cromartie over Asomugha is that he’s going to cost much less. I’m talking about a lot less. Maybe about $8 to $10 million dollars less.
Word is that the Jets are going to let Cromartie walk. This afternoon Cromartie responded to the rumor of New York let him go with a tweet.
“U know I could careless about a rumor because as of now and until me and my business partners are told otherwise I’m a JET to the end. Gang Green baby. Plus it’s just a rumor. Lol”