As seen on ESPN (and directed to check there by the comments section at IgglesBlog), Sheldon Brown wanted to renegotiate his contract. The Eagles said no. Now, Sheldon wants a trade.
You know, I was still enjoying the buzz from yesterday. I was feeling good about Jason Peters coming to town, and the prospect of the Eagles drafting a guy like Knowshon Moreno. And now this has to go and happen. Friggin’ awesome.
What is interesting about all of this is that Joselio Hanson was resigned this offseason to a five year, $21 million dollar deal. Hanson, who probably would have been a starter elsewhere had he left the Eagles, would be a more than adequate replacement for Brown. I suspect the Eagles were concerned that Brown might want to renegotiate his contract this offseason, and hedged their bets by re-upping Hanson.
Still, I would prefer to have Brown as the starter and Hanson providing depth as the nickel. But if this thing with Brown really does come to a head and they have to trade him, I’m comfortable with Joselio taking his place.
One rather large question looms: if the Eagles are forced to trade Brown, can they package him with picks to obtain a stud wideout? The three guys floating around are Anquan Boldin, Braylon Edwards, and Chad Johnson. I don’t think the Eagles would give up a first and Sheldon Brown for Boldin, and I’m not sure how much the Cardinals would want Sheldon to begin with. So we can probably scratch that. We might be able to get Edwards for Brown, a second, and maybe a fifth, which is a deal I make in a second. Truth be told, I don’t know if Johnson can be had for a reasonable price; I would value him at Brown and a third, but I think Mike Brown would rather keep an unhappy Ochocinco then to try to acquire fair market value for him.
Pipe dreams, anyway.
The Eagles, if all of this trade business actually has legs, and if they’re actually willing to play ball with his requests, will try to trade Brown for a second or third-round pick, package that pick along with number 21 to move into a better drafting position, and take Knowshon Moreno. Or, they’ll use the picks they have and draft a guy like Vontae Davis, and then go RB and TE. Or, they’ll simply ignore Brown and keep him on the roster.
Or…or…or…or…or…during this time of year, is there a word more abused then “or?”
If they do trade him, however, it brings up one final query: if you expel longtime staples such as Tra Thomas, Jon Runyan, Brian Dawkins and Sheldon Brown, who steps up in a leadership role? I know you still have McNabb and Westbrook, but what other elder statesmen are left? Does that even matter in the NFL?
As often is the case for Eagles fans, the questions are more prevalent then the answers.