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Baskett Returning to Philly


Baskett Returning for Seconds?
By Lance Epstein

On Thursday the Eagles announced that wide receiver and special teams extraordinaire
Hank Baskett would make his return to Philadelphia on Friday. Baskett will visit with Andy Reid and the Eagles in hopes of rejoining the team.

After week one's thrashing of the Carolina Panthers, Hank Baskett was released by the Philadelphia Eagles. One of the reasons the Eagles was the Eagles did not have enough spots on the active roster with the addition of quarterback Michael Vick and Donovan McNabb injuring his ribs.

Instead of taking the cap hit by releasing wide receiver Reggie Brown (traded earlier this week to Tampa Bay), the Eagles cut ties with the 6-4 220 pound wide receiver.

Shortly after being released by the Eagles, the Colts signed Baskett to be their fifth wide receiver. Baskett only caught four balls for 28 yards with the Colts. But he starred on special teams, as the he and the Colts started the season 14-0 and reached the Super Bowl.

After the Super bowl loss to the Saints, Indianapolis decided not to tender Baskett who was scheduled to be a restricted free agent.This allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent.

Fortunately for the Eagles, the trade of Reggie Brown to Tampa Bay for a 2011 sixth round pick has given the franchise the opportunity to bring Baskett back in the fold.

Baskett began his NFL career in 2006 as a rookie free agent out of New Mexico who signed with the Minnesota Vikings. In training camp, the Eagles struck a deal with Vikings head coach and former Eagles offensive coordinator Brad Childress to trade Billy McMullen for Baskett.

During Baskett's career with the Eagles, he was a involved in three of the top 10 longest pass plays in the franchise's history. Moreover, Baskett was a special teams ace as he won the Eagles' Special Teams MVP award in 2007.

Fans want Baskett back mainly because of his wife Kendra, the former playboy playmate, but he brings something to the Eagles that they do not currently have. Besides being a special teams stud, he is a tall possession receiver. None of the current Eagles on the roster have the height that he possesses, which makes him a bigger threat in the redzone.

This is will not be the most heralded move for the Eagles but Baskett would contribute more to the team than Brown did last year.

Other Eagles News:

The Eagles have come to a three-year contract with 23-year old former Air Force wide receiver Chad Hall. Hall is only 5-8, 180 pound but has the versatility and speed to make a difference as a punt/kick-off returner.

This is potentially a great move considering after Ellis Hobbs went down with a neck injury, the Eagles kick-off return game faltered as well. In college, Hall finished with 4,098 all purposes yards, which is a record at the Air Force Academy.

However, Hall has not played football in two years as he was a lieutenant at Hill Air Force Base in Salt Lake City, Utah. Although, Hall says he is out of football shape that he will be ready by the time training camp rolls around.

Hall is a guy that Eagles fans should get behind as he served for his country. If he makes the roster, he will be the feel good story. Personally, I am cheering for him to be great.

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