Let’s play the Pundit’s brand new blogging game show, “Would you make this move?”
Here’s a practice question, to get everybody warmed up: With the recent expulsion of Dan Leone, the Eagles have been in the news for reasons they probably don’t like. While many fans side with the Eagles, a rather large group remains disgruntled with the organization. If you were the Eagles, would you sign Kimberly Swann – as an act of good-will toward the fans – to replace Mr. Leone?
Alright, enough of the horseplay – let’s get down to some serious Eagles business. So I’m listening to a little bit of the Jody Mac show on ESPN Radio this morning, and I hear them talking about poor, embittered little Jay Cutler, who is putting it out there that he ain’t happy, and would like a trade if the Broncos don’t want to commit to him long-term. And they get to talking about what teams might be a fit, and your Philadelphia Eagles come up. So I ask:
Would you trade Donovan McNabb to the Broncos for Jay Cutler?Now, I don’t know if this deal would work straight up, but if it did, would you do it? I would – hell, I’d throw in a fourth-round pick to sweeten the pot. Cutler is younger, and has shown a lot of potential in his stint in the league. Sure, he’s a gunslinger (18 picks last year), which would probably drive Andy Reid up a wall. But, you wouldn’t have to worry about any drama over the McNabb contract, and you would ensure that you had a quarterback for the next ten years. Is Cutler perfect? Nah. But he does have a big arm, is fairly mobile in the pocket, and isn’t afraid to take chances and allow his guys to make plays. I make the move (even though there isn’t an ice-sculpture-of-a-saint’s chance in hell that this will happen).
Would you overpay – at least slightly – to ensure that you got Leonard Weaver?
If you’re Derek from Iggles Blog, not only would you do this, but you would have already put in an order for his jersey. And possibly joined his fan club. And damn well you should have – he makes perfect sense for the Eagles. He’s only 26, can catch the ball out of the backfield, and was a Pro Bowl alternate last season. Damnit, sign him up, even if it is a bit more than what you would like to give a fullback. He fills three needs: 1. He’s an actual fullback! (Sorry, Klecko, but you ain’t). 2. He’s athletic enough that he could occasionally moonlight as a short-yardage tailback (which the Eagles desperately need someone to do). 3. He’s a viable option out of the backfield in the passing game. I mean, to me, it makes so much sense it hurts. Just ask Derek – I’m pretty sure he’s been banging his head on his desk since free agency began, frustrated that the Eagles haven’t signed Mr. Weaver.
Multi-part question: Would you try to make a deal for a big-time receiver, what would you be willing to give up for one, and would you prefer Anquan Boldin or Braylon Edwards?
B. I’d give up their first-round (21) and their third-rounder.
C. I want Anquan Boldin. I’ve wanted him since friggin’ August, back when I was a baby blogger. I just think he’s a perfect fit – big-bodied guy who isn’t easy to jam, good target over the middle, physical, absolutely devastating after the catch. I still think DeSean Jackson is going to develop into their stretch-the-field, deep-ball threat, and Curtis is an ideal slot guy, so bringing in Boldin – who in my mind is essentially a possession-receiver with pizazz – would be perfect.
Kulp from The Level makes the argument for Edwards. Let me make one thing perfectly clear – I would take Edwards any day of the week. But given my druthers, I would prefer Boldin. I think he’s more consistent than Edwards, and I think he’s a better fit for our offense. Yes, Edwards is probably a more dangerous deep threat, but that becomes mere luxury if DeSean continues to develop in that area, which I think he will. Obviously, its very possible that neither one of these guys gets moved, but if each were up for grabs, I’m going with Boldin.
Would you make a play for Orlando Pace?
I discussed this one yesterday, so I won’t go crazy here. I will say this – to all of you who are convinced that he is washed-up, consider that he only gave up two sacks in the 14 games he played last year. If you are like the Eagles – all about the youth – then you clearly don’t entertain the notion of bringing Pace aboard. But if you are just trying to get better, and, upon studying tape of Pace, decide that he’s still got it, don’t you have to consider him? I say yes.
Would you continue to sign more safeties to replace Brian Dawkins?
And how do you fix a broken heart, for that matter? (Editor’s note: Wow. Somebody get Suzy Sadness over here some friggin’ tissues). Yes, the Eagles brought in another safety on a one-year deal. Introducing…drum roll, please…Rashad Baker. Right. Goody-goody friggin’ gumdrops.
Alright, so maybe that’s not fair. After all, as pointed out by Ford, he was vital to the Eagles playoff-push last year, making the game-clinching interception for the Raiders in their defeat of the Bucs. Which, as I’m sure you all remember, gave the Birds their window of opportunity to make the playoffs. So I say, what the hell, I’ll accept him with hesitatingly open arms – he ain’t Dawkins, but seeing as we kind of, sort of owe him for our playoff birth, we kind of, sort of owe him a fair shake here in town.
If you saw Jeffrey Lurie on the street, would you jump him?
Hey, he’s a billionaire, after all – who knows how much he carries around. Dag, he might have the deed for an island or something in his pocket. All joking aside, I obviously don’t condone any sort of violence, so this one is out. But perhaps if I rephrased the question…
If you saw Jeffrey Lurie on the street, would you try to pickpocket him?
(Editor’s waiver: Let us repeat that the Pundit does not condone violence of any sort. As well, he does not condone theft, or any other crime, for that matter. While this probably seemed obvious to 97.5% of the population, the Pundit feels it important to soothe the other 2.5%, they of the nit-witted and overtly-PC contingent. Thank you.)