Birds Miss On Four More Targets

It's not that the Eagles aren't active, but the free agent season certainly hasn't gone how the birds have imagined. Since the start of the free agent signing period on Saturday, eight potential targets for the Eagles have signed elsewhere.

Shawn Barber, Matt Schobel and Darren Howard. The Eagles figure to add to the list of free agents that they've signed this off-season, but some of their primary targets have disappeared.

On Saturday, LeCharles Bentley (Cleveland), Kendrick Clancy (Arizona), Ma'ake Kemoeatu (Carolina) and Joe Jurevicius (Cleveland) came off the board by signing new contracts. Bentley was the top priority of the off-season for the Eagles and it's not that they didn't try. The problem was insurmountable, since Bentley wanted to sign with his hometown Cleveland Browns. Other than moving the team to Cleveland, there was nothing the Eagles could have done to prevent that. The others were lower on the list, but still of interest to the Eagles.

Sunday, the signing continued. Antwaan Randle El, who the Eagles thought about as a key addition at the wide receiver spot, not only signed somewhere else, but with an NFC East division rival in Washington. Steve Hutchinson, who the Eagles had interest in trying to pry away from Seattle, signed an offer sheet with Minnesota, meaning that he'll either join former Eagles assistant Brad Childress with the Vikings or return to Seattle. With the big bucks that the Vikings threw at Hutchinson, it's likely he'll be theirs since the Seahawks blew a chunk of cash on running back Shaun Alexander.

The Eagles also thought of finding help at running back, since Brian Westbrook is continuously bitten by the injury bug. Denver's Mike Anderson is now a member of the Baltimore Ravens, somewhat of a trade-off for the Ravens losing Chester Taylor to the Vikings. The Eagles had thoughts of either Anderson or Taylor in Philadelphia.

This week, the Eagles start with making the Darren Howard deal official. There's a six year offer on the table and all indications are that Howard will ink the deal sometime today. Jeff Garcia is thought to be coming to town later this week, but reports are that interest in him has been a little higher than expected and signing him may not be quite as easy as the Eagles first thought.


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