Eagles Stock Exchange
By Lance Epstein
Today is the first annual Eagles stock exchange. In this segment, I will breakdown two players, management officials or front office personal that have seen their stock take a drastic hit or has risen over the course of the week.
Additionally, I will mention one player, coach or idea that should be sold (meaning not believe the hype) and one which the fans should buy (not believe the criticism).
Jeff Garcia: It has been a week and a half since the Eagles decided to trade Donovan McNabb to the division rival Washington Redskins. Since that time, Michael Vick's name has been mentioned on multiple occasions in trade discussions. Furthermore, reports have surfaced saying the Eagles have been in contact with Jeff Garcia. Garcia, 40, sat out last season and did not play after the Oakland Raiders released him in training camp. This is great news for Garcia considering that he was out of the league for a season and appeared like he was done in the NFL. It is even better news that he has the chance to be a backup quarterback that the fans love and be married to his Playboy wife in Carmell DeCesare.
Wide Receivers: Why are DeSean Jackson, Hank Baskett, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant's stocks up right now when they haven't really been in the news? They are the only position on the field, which is a complete product for the Eagles. Of course the Eagles could add a taller wide out in the draft, but all of these guys will still be on the opening day roster and be big-time contributors.
Marlin Jackson/Quintin Demps/Macho Harris: With the news coming out today that the Eagles are very interested in Eric Berry and Earl Thomas, everyone in competition for the starting free safety job has seen their value plummet. Jackson was the leading candidate to start at the position, if he recovered from his knee injury. Now he might be looking at being a backup at the position. Although, he might be the Eagles long-term solution at strong safety since Quinton Mikell is on the last year of his contract and is 30. Plus, he will be fully recovered by 2011. Demps might not make it onto the team this season, if the Eagles select one of these two players. Harris is not in as much danger since he can slide over to play cornerback and eventually be the team's third corner.
Michael Vick: While Vick is hoping the Eagles can move him before or during the draft, do not expect him to be on the move. It is very alarming that the Eagles want Garcia to be the backup, which means they might not have complete confidence in their current backup. If Garcia is signed anyway, Vick might find himself fighting the same battle as last season with playing time.
Andy Reid Selecting a linebacker in the first-round: In the past 11 years, the Eagles have not taken a single linebacker in the first round. They have selected three in the second round (none of which panned out), but Reid just does not value linebacker like he does with corner, offensive and defensive line. While Sean Weatherspoon, Sergio Kindle and Brandon Spikes are good players and might even become stars, but the Eagles have shown the propensity to overlook the position and upgrade later in the draft.
Eagles Taking a Center Round One: While fans hate this notion, the Eagles have a big hole at center right now. Nick Cole did his best when Jamaal Jackson went down, but the Cowboys feasted on him. If Kolb has that type of pressure in his face next season, he is going to get injured. Additionally, Cole is better suited to be at right guard incase Stacy Andrews turns out to be a flop again in 2010. Moreover, Jackson might never be the same player he was before the injury, so bringing in a center/guard like Florida's Maurkice Pouncey in the first round makes a ton of sense.