Eagles show interest in Randall Godfrey
Earlier this off-season the Philadelphia Eagles pulled the trigger on a trade, sending a draft pick to Atlanta in exchange for little known weakside linebacker Mark Simoneau. Just days after the trade was made head coach Andy Reid proclaimed Simoneau the starting WILL linebacker on this team. Less then one week after Simoneau's signing Nate Wayne was inked to a contract and once again, a new face was named to replace Shawn Barber as the weakside linebacker, and Simoneau was relegated to start in the middle. If these statements both verbal and contractual don't raise several questions regarding Simoneau's durability or talent then nothing will. As of today, Mark Simoneau is the starting middle linebacker on this team, but it is still questionable just how productive a player he will be. The Eagles new man in the middle played only a hand full of games in 2002 for Atlanta, due to a serious neck injury, but has made a full recovery and according to defensive coordinator Jim Johnson has excelled during the team's minicamp. But just in case Simoneau cannot produce in the starting lineup, there may be help along the way. Behind Simoneau the Eagles are paper-thin at this position, and if he cannot carry the load, there will need to be somebody behind him who can step in when need be. That person may be Randall Godfrey. The former Dallas Cowboy and Tennessee Titan was just released last week and is drawing interest from the Eagles. A perennial starter, Godfrey only started eight games last year for the Titans, and could become a very serviceable backup, and a solid starter if Simoneau falters in his new role. If the eight-year veteran signs with Philadelphia he will bring with him a quick and aggressive style of play, that would be Taylor made for Johnson's schemes. His career total for sacks is ten, but they have come in systems that are slightly more passive then the one employed by Philadelphia. Stay tuned to Eaglesinsider.com for any updates on this situation.
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