Now, with finding a winning team to play for as his top priority, Howard has signed a six-year deal with the Eagles. At a press conference on Sunday, Howard talked about being with a winning organization and emphasized that, much like his season personally, he didn't see the Eagles 2005 season as the true story.
Andy Reid, Jim Johnson and new defensive line coach Pete Jenkins spent Sunday with Howard talking football and showing him around the Eagles facilities, which Howard came away impressed with. Howard also stressed to the Eagles that his bad right knee, which cost him time not only last season, but in 2004, is ready for more wear and tear. He did admit though that the knee isn't perfect, although the Eagles believe that as part of a four-man defensive end rotation, Howard is in good enough shape to be a force for the team.
The Eagles were able to get the jump on Howard because they were interested in him two years ago, but decided to go with Jevon Kearse instead. Their renewed interest was flattering to Howard, who looked forward to a different outcome and came to Philadelphia ahead of visits to Kansas City and Seattle. Those other visits have of course, been cancelled.