Tuesday, February 19, 2013
More buzz on Eagles' CB plans
By Tim Kavanagh
On Monday, a report hit the newswire that the Philadelphia Eagles were not going to use their franchise tag on impending free agent CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. From what they'd seen, he was not worth the one-year, $10.7 million deal that the tag would engender. This appears to put the Eagles in somewhat of a bind.
However, a return to the team by DRC cannot be ruled out. Geoff Mosher of CSN Philadelphia writes that the club will observe what kind of offers the CB draws as the market opens, then make their decision as to whether he's worth the going rate. It's possible that another team will fall in love with his potential, but if he's drawing offers within what the Eagles have budgeted, he could be right back where he was in 2011 and 2012.
Beyond DRC, there are other unresolved situations involving the Eagles at CB. In the forefront is the team's impending decision on veteran Nnamdi Asomugha, who is slated to earn $15 million in 2013. Some believe that the club will ask Asomugha to re-structure (take a pay cut), and potentially release him if he doesn't agree. If the Eagles are down both Asomugha and DRC, it will leave them awfully green at the CB position.
There will be other options to consider in free agency, but many expect the team to also consider making an addition at CB high in the draft, potentially as early as No. 4 overall. This figures to be an intriguing story to follow as the offseason continues to unfold.