Championships aren’t won in the offseason, but the [intlink id=”374″ type=”category”]Philadelphia Eagles[/intlink] are making a case that they’re the best team in the NFC, at least on paper.
The Eagles landed the prize of the free agent market on Friday, signing cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. They followed up on Saturday by taking [intlink id=”163″ type=”category”]Cullen Jenkins[/intlink] from the Packers.
As he’s done since he became a member of the Packers, Jenkins acted with class.
“Thank you #packernation for everything. Thanks for all the support. Unfortunately the option wasn’t given to continue. I am very appreciative to the fans and organization for everything. We did something very special and I thank all,” he said on Twitter.
As expected, the Packers didn’t make an effort to re-sign Jenkins because of his age and injury history. The Eagles ignored those things and gave Jenkins a five-year deal worth $25 million.
Philadelphia also acquired cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in a trade with Arizona and signed defensive end Jason Babin.
The Eagles aggressiveness in free agency may reek of the foolhardy Washington Redskins’ approach, but the message is clear — you will not beat us with your passing game.
While I’m sure [intlink id=”25″ type=”category”]Aaron Rodgers[/intlink] is real concerned, the Eagles now have three Pro Bowl cornerbacks in Asante Samuel, Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie.
They’ve added two defensive linemen that combined for 19.5 sacks last season.
It’s fair to say the Eagles have the top cornerback trio in the league. It’s tough to get excited about the signings of Babin and Jenkins, though.
Both players are 30-plus. Jenkins is a solid player if he can stay healthy, but his track record doesn’t indicate he can.
Babin had 12.5 sacks in his contract season, but had a total of 17.5 sacks in his previous seven seasons. If we were the wagering types, and we are, we’d bet a princely sum Babin won’t come close to last year’s numbers again.
As for the Packers, they’ll let second-year players [intlink id=”1033″ type=”category”]Mike Neal[/intlink] and [intlink id=”1042″ type=”category”]C.J. Wilson [/intlink] compete for Jenkins’ old spot in the starting lineup.
Like last year I can’t believe we’re not making at least SOME moves, but unlike last year you’re not going to hear me bitch about it.
In Ted we trust.
Now I’m even more worried about the pourous O-Line……
That Philly secondary is filthy…wow.
With all of there signings they are still soft up the middle of the field.
Not now, with Babin and Jenkins…and does it make sense that they’re tired of the Pack kicken their ass in Philly??? They grabbed Donald Lee too (fumble machine). Now they have 2 SB winning Packers from both sides of the ball to unload secrets…Phillys defense is going to be real good.
And if Vick stays healthy all season…look out!
GO PACK GO!
Good thing James Jones is back. We’re gonna need some real firepower against that cornerback trio.
So, Eagles, who is going to cover Finley or Cobb??
This just shows that unlike the Pack the Eagles don’t have a lot of young talent that they are going to have to worry about signing in the next couple years. The Eagles have paid a premium for 4 guys in their 30s. Meanwhile, the entire house of cards still relies on a QB who hasn’t played an entire season since 2006.
Strangely, the Eagles have concentrated on their pass defense even though it was the Packers’ running game that did most of the damage in the playoffs. Of course, their trio of pansy but talented CBs will allow them to bring a safety into the box on all running downs, but that is a dangerous game to play when a guy like Jerimichael Finley is on the field.
If you think about it, as much as the Eagles have improved their secondary, no doubt they have, that secondary still isn’t as good as what the Packers had last year in Tramon, C-Wood, Shields, Collins and Peprah.
Sadly, this offseason reminds me of baseball where the only teams making any moves are ones already in contention. Having a handful of good teams and then 20 crap teams does not a good league make.
I am glad to hear that the Pack will be bringing James Jones back. He has made a ton of big plays for this field and has always had great chemistry with A-Rodge. This probably relegates Cobb to returns and spot duty, but considering he didn’t even get a playbook or meet A-Rodge until yesterday, I don’t think we can expect much from Cobb for the first half of the season.
Shut up with you concussed QB ! Lmao One more good hit to the head in his career over ! Lol
not worried – vick is over-rated and i would take young talent like tramon williams(best CB in the league In my opinion) and sam sheilds over asomugha and rodgerscromartie anyday. Eagles will have high expectations and a lot of pressure to succeed with this big acquisitions
All I got to say is that the Packers aren’t repeating so get that out your heads Green Bay Fans ! Eagles have a better chances winning the ship then you guys got repeating.
Eagles…we own your ass. Beat ya twice in Philly, son. Your team hasn’t won jack since 1960…and your fans are nasty, hate-filly trash.