Month: August 2011

Eagles Go All In

Jeffrey Lurie and Joe Banner are pretty good poker players.  For years they’ve been, along with the Steelers and Patriots, the best in the league and knowing when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em when it comes to their own players, and have done as good a job as any team in free agency, even though they are not flashy. Eagles brass has always had a great poker face with the media lately, dropping stunning moves like trading Donovan McNabb, signing Michael Vick, and now signing Nnamdi Asomugha from out of nowhere. I’m bad enough as it is playing poker, I have zero interest in playing Andy Reid, Howie Roseman, Joe Banner or Jeffrey Lurie at it.

Over the weekend, they went all in for the 2011 season. The trading of Kevin Kolb for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was expected, the signing of Jason Babin was no shock. That alone would be a pretty active off-season for the Eagles, but they didn’t stop there. The shocked the NFL by coming out of nowhere on Friday to sign Nnamdi Asomugha, predictably added Vince Young (although there were no guarantees they were going to do that), then again surprised with the addition of Cullen Jenkins. I waited until late in the day to write this in case anyone else was suddenly added. (And as I write this, Danny Watkins signs.) That’s quite a haul, and the revamps of the roster more than we were expecting. Let’s take a look at how the 46 man active roster stands now. Considering that veteran FAs can not practice until Thursday the 4th, we’ll see teams sign a bunch of free agents on the 3rd. So this list is far from complete.

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