What is going on in Philly?
Eagles | Westbrook Has No Leverage
Fri, 5 Aug 2005 07:38:30 -0700
Bob Brookover, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, reports Philadelphia Eagles holdout RB Brian Westbrook and his agent want a long-term deal, but they are also aware that if Westbrook isn't in camp by Monday, Aug. 8, he will lose his potential to become an unrestricted free agent after the year. Per the collective bargaining agreement, any player under contract that does not report 30 days before the first NFL game of the regular season loses a year of credited service. Thus, the Eagles have all of the leverage at this time. His agent noted they are going to continue to look at all of their options. The Eagles have reportedly offered Westbrook a five-year deal with a signing bonus in the $9 million range.
Bills | Interested in Simon?
Fri, 5 Aug 2005 06:31:08 -0700
Mark Eckel, of the Trenton Times, reports according to a very reliable league source, the Buffalo Bills have been looking into the possibility of acquiring Philadelphia Eagles DT Corey Simon, the team's unsigned franchise player. Two other sources confirmed the Bills' interest. Now it's a matter of Buffalo getting Simon to agree to a contract and coming up with compensation for the Eagles. Eagles' president Joe Banner said he has not heard from the Bills, but he indicated he might be willing to listen if and when they do call. The compensation is not clear at this point. "If the Eagles were going to take a second and a third from Baltimore (Ravens), I'm sure they would take the same from Buffalo," the league source. "The Bills will probably try to get him for less. But the tough part might be getting Simon to go there."
Westbrook must be on crack. A five year deal, with a nine million dollar signing bonus, and that's not enough?! Is Terrell Owens his agent?
As for the Simon deal, Philly has enough talent along the D-line to cover his loss. But I don't know if I cough up a second AND third rounder in 2006 to land him if I am in Buffalo. Since it seems that Simon has no intention of playing in Philly, the Eagles should be willing to take just a second rounder and spend that money elsewhere.