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Have A Little Faith

By Greg Garrity

Here we are again. Another season is over. A familiar feeling is running through the mind, body and souls of Eagles fans across the country. That feeling starts with disappointment right after the beloved birds fall just short of the ultimate goal. Then throughout the course of the offseason you are often left either scratching your head or ripping your hair out. This offseason has probably been the most difficult to endure since the Andy Reid era began.
Heading into free agency the team had close to $50 million to spend under the cap. Naturally with the amount of available money many believed that a big splash, or a few, would take place. That was not the case. Instead we had to sit back and watch as two of the most recognizable players left the nest.
The first to leave was the 7-time pro bowl safety Brian Dawkins. The second round pick out of Clemson blossomed into the man who played with an intensity that is unmatched by any other player in the league. The truth is at 35, and whether you believe it or not, B-Dawk is not the same player he has been throughout his career. This past season his responsibilities as a safety were obviously not the same as previous seasons. We did not seem him dropping back in coverage as much as we were typically used to. Then when we did, the results were not pretty. Defensive coordinator Jim Johnson disguised this issue more as the season went on by having Brian play closer to the line and more against the run. His departure led to the signing of free agent safety Sean Jones from the Browns. Jones is a younger player who has shown the ability to be a productive player at this level. Is he Brian Dawkins? No. But who is? His leadership will be severely missed. His productivity on the field over the past year or two can certainly be matched if not exceeded.
William “Tra” Thomas was the 11th overall pick in the 1998 draft. The 6’7” left tackle out of FSU made it to 3 pro bowls during his great career in Philadelphia. On March 9th Tra decided to return home when he signed a deal to become a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars. This move was probably a little easier to handle because of the signing of OL Stacy Andrews from the Bengals. Stacy is the older brother of guard Shawn Andrews. Both Shawn and Stacy have the ability to play guard or tackle which gives coaches a lot of flexibility on the line.
The Lito Sheppard saga has come to an end when he was traded to the New York Jets for a couple of draft picks. This deal works for both sides. The Jets get a starting caliber and former pro bowl corner and the Eagles get rid of a distraction that got paid as a starter but kept the bench warm for the guys that actually played. The Eagles also traded WR Greg Lewis to the Pats for a 5th round pick. Reserve safety and special teams’ player Sean Considine will also be in Jacksonville with Thomas. Backup running back Buckhalter signed a 4 year deal with a chance to compete for the starting job in Denver.
As the draft draws closer there are still many issues this team must resolve in order to get where they want to be. It’s hard to understand for some the manner in which the Eagles spend their money. They are this much under the cap because they have been smart with their spending in the past. They typically let players go at the right time. They don’t give huge contracts to players past their prime. They usually bring in good young talent that they can coach and develop. They will not go out and make the deal just for the sake of making people happy. Banner is not going to spend it just because it’s available. They know who they like and that is how they will make their decisions. They have been able to consistently win while changing pieces and retooling. So as much as it bothers you to see them let these fan favorites go, wait to see how it all unfolds. More often then not the organization has been right.

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