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Did Eagles Get the Better of Browns in Trade, LB Visits

Eagles Win By Dealing Brown, Miami LB Visits
By Lance Epstein

Yesterday when the Eagles traded eight-year veteran cornerback Sheldon Brown and linebacker Chris Gocong to the Browns for merely a fourth-rounder (105), fifth-rounder (137th) and backup linebacker Andy Hall. Most fans were outraged at what the team got in return.

Today may be they should step back and take another perspective.

According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, he tweeted that the trade "sorta favors" the Eagles.

"A. Hall nice pickup 4 PE (Philadelphia Eagles); S. Brown can't run," Mortensen tweeted. "4th & 5th rd picks, as Eagles got along w/A Hall, are nothing to sneeze at, especially in this draft. Also allows 'em to make move up."

Even though Mortensen thinks the Eagles got the better end of the deal, Csnphilly.com's Ray Didinger might have said it best as he said the Eagles have no one in place to replace Brown. He compared the trading of Brown to the Brian Dawkins situation last year.

"My question is, which is similar to the question that I had at the same time last year with Brian Dawkins is who do you put in that spot?," Didinger said. "If you are going to move a 31-year old cornerback because you think you can do better, then fine, but tell me who that better is. And right now I do not see it on the roster."

Didinger also made a interesting point before asking who the upgrade would be, which was that the Eagles secondary were allowing 61 percent completion rates to opposing quarterbacks and 27 touchdown passes. He said that fans see it as only the safety's fault but Brown had his ups and downs too. Furthermore, he said the 31-year old corner might not ever be able to get back to the level of performance that the team was accustomed too.

To be honest, Didinger is right on with those points. Giving up a percentage that high make it hard for any team to beat good teams and eventually the defense get worn out due to opposing teams continuing drives.

As for Brown, he was getting beat plenty of times, but fans just liked to put that squarely on Macho Harris. Yes some of them were the rookie's fault, but Brown appeared to have lost as step anyway. At 31, coming off a partially torn hamstring, Brown might never be the player he was during the mid-stages of his career.

Looking at the trade now, the Eagles did not do horrible. However, like scouts.com's Adam Caplan said, you would have liked to see Philadelphia get a third rounder instead of a fourth. As for Andy Hall, he has more speed than Gocong but has the same deficiency in pass-coverage. He could be a training camp casualty.

Miami Linebacker To Visit:

According to NationalFootballPost.com, Miami (Fla.) outside linebacker Eric Moncur has set up visits with the Eagles and Arizona Cardinals.

Moncur (6-2, 250) is expected to convert from defensive end to linebacker as he transitions to the pros. Additionally, Moncur has fought injuries the last two years. In 2008 he was granted a medical hardship as he missed the last nine games of the season. Although in 2009, he struggled to stay healthy again and when he did played he was unproductive.

However, Moncur has been catching scouts at eye's when he has been fully healthy. In his career, he recorded 93 tackles, 17.5 tackles for losses and 10.5 sacks in just 42 career games. His best season came as a junior when fully healthy; he registered 48 tackles, 11 tackles for losses and six sacks.

Even though he did not get invited to the combine, he is rising up team's draft boards due to his 4.75 40-yard dash at his Pro Day. Despite the recent buzz, Moncur must convince teams that he has fully recovered from his groin and abdominal injuries.

The Eagles being intrigued by Moncur might seem like deja vu for their fans. Reid has tried this experiment before with Gocong and it failed. Furthermore, the Eagles just got a player in Hall fits the mold of former defensive end converted to outside linebacker. Most fans will plead to Reid to get a natural SAM linebacker and stop with the square peg in the round hole routine.

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