It's not the first time that the Eagles have been interested in Howard, who had a career-low 3.5 sacks last season and missed the last four games with a knee injury. Two years ago, the Eagles chose to sign Jevon Kearse instead of Howard. In six seasons, the 29 year old Howard has averaged 7.5 sacks per season and had 11 sacks in 2004.
It's likely that if all goes well, Howard could be signed before even leaving town.
With LeCharles Bentley signing in Cleveland, the Eagles are expected to turn their interest to former New York Jets center Kevin Mawae. If the birds are interested in Mawae, they'll have to battle New England, Miami and Arizona to get him. Mawae has already visited in Miami and New England and doesn't have either Arizona or Philadelphia on his list for any official visits right now.
Elsewhere, Antwaan Randle El is falling from the Eagles radar. Randle El visited with division rival Washington on Saturday and is set to be in Chicago Sunday. It's thought that if Randle El signs somewhere other than back with the Steelers, it will be in either Washington or Chicago, but another division rival, the Dallas Cowboys, have also shown interest.
If the Cowboys don't get Randle El, look for them to pursue Terrell Owens if and when he hits the open market. The Eagles hold out hope of dealing Owens somewhere to get something in return, but the odds are dwindling. Reports out of Kansas City were that the Chiefs had offered a fifth round pick in exchange for Owens, but have been unable to work out a restructured contract with Owens' agent Drew Rosenhaus. Broncos owner Pat Bowlen confirmed his team's interest in Owens, but downplayed how close they would be to getting him either through a trade or as a free agent. The Chiefs, Broncos, Dolphins, Cowboys, Jets and Buccaneers are all reported as possible landing spots for Owens, although Dallas, Kansas City and Denver are the top choices right now.