Friday, March 17, 2006
Selected: The Eagles have signed 6-foot-1 receiver Jabar Gaffney (above), who's young (25), healthy, and had 55 catches and two touchdowns for the Houston Texans last year. He should compete for a starting job. Eagles sound excited, arguing Lito Sheppard's cousin should do even better in Andy Reid's offense. Then again, why just a one-year deal? This move probably means forget about trades for disgruntled wideouts Javon Walker or Eric Moulds.
Collected: Quarterback Jeff Garcia came to town and decided to stay. Garcia, 36, who had 3 TDs and 6 interceptions, could replace Mike McMahon, 26, who had 5 TDs and 8 INTs. Of course, that's comparing Garcia's least productive year with McMahon's most.
Protected: The team also re-signed receiver Darrien McCants, who caught five passes last year. Unless he's another guy who needed a year to learn Andy Reid's system, he'll do mostly special team duty again.
Rejected: Terrell Owens, of course, dismissed by the Eagles on Tuesday.
Refuted: Radio report here that Walker was on his way to Philly to discuss a possible trade. "Ain't happening," says profootballtalk.com.
Disputed: Radio report T.O. has signed in Dallas is denied, but sources deny the denial?
Relocating: Defensive tackle Hollis Thomas, if the Eagles can work out a deal. He hasn't demanded a trade but is unhappy with his contract, multiple media sources say.
Replacement: Durable defensive tackle Brentson Buckner, 34, might be a stopgap if Thomas leaves. Buckner's agent has talked with the Eagles, he told the Daily News.
Reappearing: Speculation the Eagles might re-sign Jon Runyan. Team's had no luck landing young free-agent o-linemen, and he's had little luck getting offers. (He vacationed during signing period? Inquirer footnote says Patriots might be interested.)
Refocusing: The Eagles. On lesser/backup free agents and the draft.