OK, now that the lockout has receded into the mists of history, it’s time for some football.
And plenty of wheeling and dealing as NFL teams engage in a wild human chess game scrambling to sign all sorts of free agents, making trades, inking (throwback sports slang for signing) draft choices and cutting vets to get under the salary cap. Talk about player transactions at warp speed. Meat on the hoof.
This is going to be more fun than Jell-O wrestling with Eagles cheerleaders.
For instance, just what will the Eagles, who open training camp at Lehigh Wednesday, do in terms of personnel?
Talk radio and bloggers have been going insane with enormous possibilities. Evidently Andy Reid will be so busy he won’t be able to eat for days.
Apparently the Birds may target pass rushers Ray Edwards of the Vikings, Jason Babin of the Titans and Charles Johnson of the Panthers; defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (gag!) of the Redskins; and cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha of the Raiders, Ike Taylor of the Steelers, Johnathan Joseph of the Bengals and Carlos Rogers of the Redskins if they don’t acquire Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in a trade with the Cardinals for quarterback Kevin Kolb.
Of course, there is plenty of speculation that the Eagles may pursue Vince Young of the Titans (who first must be waived) or the retired (yeah, right) Brett Favre as Michael Vick’s backup. Ditto wide receiver Plaxico Burress, late of the Giants and prison for shooting himself in the leg, and running back Reggie Bush of the Saints.
I say the Birds should add Young, Favre, Burress and Bush just for all the marquee drama and media frenzy. A shame a defanged Rupert Murdoch can’t get in this scrum.
Whatever the Birds do, they had better land quality at pass rusher, cornerback and backup quarterback if Kolb goes or they would have been better off staying locked out.