12 March 2007

So long, Donte

It was great while it lasted.

So what happened?

I have three theories:
  1. The Eagles' Front Office knows something we don't know about his on-again, off-again hamstring problems.
  2. The Eagles' Front Office knows something we don't know about his recent visit to the NFL substance abuse program.
  3. He was never intended to be more than a one-year fill in between the Captain ME! era and when our first- and second-year receivers were ready to step up. And of course, if the price was right when the time came (always a consideration for our thrify F.O.), we'd hang onto him. But if not, no big.
I suspect that #3 is the answer, but I wouldn't be surprised to learn that elements of the other two contributed.

In the meantime, good luck with the Pats, Donte, we'll see you during the 2007 season, and you might want to invest in some long underwear. You thought it was cold playing in the Linc...

What's next?

I'm going out on a limb and predicting that we will NOT be picking up Cory Dillon. Assuming he was telling the truth about his reason for leaving the Patriots - mo' money - he is definitely NOT going to look seriously at Philly, since NO ONE looks to Philly for a huge payday.

If Dillon was offering the Search for the Big Payday to avoid saying, "I'm a disgruntled player," there's even LESS chance we'll see him at training camp. As our Dear Leader is so fond of remarking: "Fool me once, shame on - shame on you. Fool me - you can't get fooled again."

I suspect the Eagles' Front Office feels pretty comfortable with our current wideout situation - an assessment with which I agree - and will not be looking to make any major moves at that position.

Hopefully, that will allow them to focus on:
  1. Nailing down someone to back up Westy, whether that be re-signing Buck after he has a chance to shop around a little, picking up another F.A., or drafting someone.
  2. Spicing up our return game (Bethel Johnson?). Thanks for everything, Reno. You're not a great football player, but you seem to be a really decent human being. And cute as a button to boot! Good luck to you wherever life takes you.
  3. Doing something to bolster our defense. Seriously. We need help. Big time. Right now. Front Office, are you listening?
Finally, don't forget to mark your calendars for the pre-season opener party at Chickie and Pete's!

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