Check out the articles below from PFT regarding the Eagles minicamp headlines from this weekend:

Eagles Saturday minicamp report

Eagles Sunday minicamp report

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It is reported that the Eagles have reached out to at least one other organization in regards to a trade involving Pro Bowl guard Shawn Andrews. Everyone knows about the mental problems Andrews went through prior to last season and the saga that was. However, many people believed (including myself) that one of the biggest reason the Eagles brought in Shawn’s brother, Stacy, was to try and bring a level of comfort to him and avoid problems like the ones that happened last year.

Maybe the Eagles know something that we don’t about Shawn Andrews. It is possible that they feel that he is still unstable mentally. It could also be possible that they are happy with Nick Cole’s play and believe he can play in place of Andrews. Another rumor being speculated is that he is going to get the “Sheldon Brown” disease and start being unhappy with his contract. Like Brown, Andrews signed a similar long term contact at an early age. He is signed through 2015.

After this was speculated upon, it was taken back by the same source (Daily News), saying that the Eagles aren’t actually shopping Andrews. This is an odd story and I will have to report back upon it when there is some clarity.

There is a lot of talk lately concerning players the Eagles might trade for and how they may bundle their picks to do things. What there isn’t a lot of talk about is whether or not the Eagles will actually use the 21st overall pick to draft a player. We’ve all seen it before, the Birds get us all excited as their first round pick finally comes up, then they trade the pick away. Sadly, this trend could very well happen again this year.

Most experts don’t believe that tight end Brandon Pettigrew will be around for the Eagles to pick up with the 21st pick. Tight end is a big need for the Birds but there Pettigrew is the only one worth the money at that pick. An offensive tackle was a need until the Jason Peters trade so that means they won’t go there. A wide receiver could be a possibility if a guy like Hakeem Nicks is available, maybe even Darrius Heyward-Bey.

The only need left from here is a runningback. This is obviously where most fans want the Eagles to go at pick 21 but it I don’t know if they will. I believe Chris “Beanie” Wells and Knowshon Moreno are a leg up on all the other backs. If neither one is available when the Eagles step to the plate, I can easily see them trading back. Donald Brown is talented but I don’t think the Eagles want to pay him the money a 21st selection is worth.

So, it will be interesting come draft day. Will the Eagles use their first round pick or will they let us wait around all day to see what they do and then trade back?

Gonzalez to Eagles?

April 22, 2009

It is being reported that the Eagles are the front runner in a possible trade scenario for Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez. Another possible candidate for a trade is the Falcons, a team that some mock draft specialists have going after tight end Brandon Pettigrew with their first pick.

Gonzalez has already discussed wanting out of Kansas City but the Chiefs want to hold on to him until they can get a price they are willing to trade for him. This price is reported to be a second round draft pick; however, it is also reported that the Eagles are only offering a third. Although Gonzalez is a proven veteran, it is not a secret that he does not have a lot of tread left on the tires. I do not think he warrants a second round pick, but if the Eagles could get him for a third round pick it would be a great addition.

Sheldon Brown has come out publicly and asked that he be traded. After losing his starting position with the addition of Asante Samuel, Brown has been disgruntled with the team for quite some time. He believes he is getting underpaid and wants to return to being a starter. It is reported that the Eagles are not budging on contract talks so it looks like he could get shipped out.

I believe the Eagles may have known about this for a while and it could be the reason they’ve been looking at so many cornerback prospects recently. If a trade does go through, it will be interesting to see what the Birds can get for him.

Eagles sign Peters

April 20, 2009

The Eagles have locked up Jason Peters via trade from the Buffalo Bills and signed him to a 6-year deal. Trading for Peters cost them the 28th overall pick, a fourth round pick in 2009, and a late round pick in 2010. Peters will earn $54 million in his six years playing for the Birds.

I believe this is a great addition for the Eagles and I’m glad to see them finally make a big move. Peters is a proven talent and is still relatively young. Trading for Peters means the Eagles won’t have to spend a first round pick on an offensive tackle who has not proven anything in the NFL yet.

1 Sun, Sep 13 @ Carolina 1:00 PM
2 Sun, Sep 20 New Orleans 1:00 PM
3 Sun, Sep 27 Kansas City 1:00 PM
4 BYE WEEK
5 Sun, Oct 11 Tampa Bay 1:00 PM
6 Sun, Oct 18 @ Oakland 4:05 PM
7 Mon, Oct 26 @ Washington 8:30 PM
8 Sun, Nov 1 NY Giants 4:15 PM
9 Sun, Nov 8 Dallas 8:20 PM
10 Sun, Nov 15 @ San Diego 4:15 PM
11 Sun, Nov 22 @ Chicago 8:20 PM
12 Sun, Nov 29 Washington 1:00 PM
13 Sun, Dec 6 @ Atlanta 1:00 PM
14 Sun, Dec 13 @ NY Giants 8:20 PM
15 Sun, Dec 20 San Francisco 1:00 PM
16 Sun, Dec 27 Denver 1:00 PM
17 Sun, Jan 3 @ Dallas 1:00 PM

Welp there you have, the Eagles 2009 regular season schedule. A few things stand out to me:

– 4 prime time games (3 Sunday night, 1 Monday night) but only one at home
– Early bye week (Week 4)
– 3 division games in a row (Weeks 7-9)
– Dawkins return Week 16
– Season ends with Dallas… again