"Every time I mention Philadelphia, Eric's ears perk up," Greg Johnson, one of Moulds' agents, said last week. "He wants to go to Philadelphia. He really feels he could help them. He loves the idea of being an Eagle and playing with Donovan (McNabb)."
The Eagles said they had some interest in the 32-year-old wide receiver, but never acted on it, claiming his financial demands were out of whack. With Moulds apparently headed for the Houston Texans, the Eagles appear content to head into the 2006 season with a Terrell Owens-less wide-receiving corps that includes second-year man Reggie Brown, newcomer Jabar Gaffney, Todd Pinkston and Greg Lewis.
Brown had a solid rookie season, catching 43 passes. Gaffney caught 55 passes as the Texans' number two receiver last year. Pinkston, who led all NFL wideouts in yards per catch two years ago (18.8), missed all of last season after rupturing his Achilles tendon in training camp.
"(The Eagles' wide receiving corps) has a chance to be strong," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "Reggie is coming off a very good rookie year and should continue to improve. Gaffney has a chance to be a good player in this offense. We've got Pinkston coming back and we've got Greg Lewis. I think it's a pretty decent group."
But is "pretty decent" enough to put the pizzazz back into the Eagles' passing offense? Two years ago, after the Eagles added Terrell Owens, quarterback Donovan McNabb enjoyed the finest season of his career. He became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 30 touchdowns and fewer than 10 interceptions.
But Owens is gone now and McNabb is coming off a nightmarish season in which he missed the final seven games with a sports hernia.
"I don't think you have to have the superstar (wide receiver)," said Reid, whose team did make it to three straight NFC title games with a very ordinary receiving corps before Owens arrived on site. "You have to have guys that catch the football and run good routes. They don't have to be great players. They can be good players if they do the things that are asked of them in the offense."
News from the nest...
- Restricted free agent cornerback Rod Hood signed the club's mid-level tender offer of $1.5 million. Hood, 24, the club's third corner, still is hopeful of signing a long-term deal with the club. But he is prepared to honor the one-year tender and become an unrestricted free agent next year. Hood, who was an undrafted free agent in 2003, is one of the league's top nickel corners. He started six games in place of injured Lito Sheppard last season and was one of the few bright spots in a 6-10 season.
- The Eagles were awarded two compensatory draft picks for the free agents they lost last year. They received an extra pick at the end of the fifth round and another at the end of the sixth, bringing to 10 their total number of picks in the April 29-30 draft. They were a little disappointed that the fifth-round pick wasn't a fourth-rounder since one of the free agents they lost, defensive end Derrick Burgess, ended up leading the league in sacks.
- Linebacker Dhani Jones was arrested in Miami Beach after he allegedly wouldn't stop dancing in the street outside a South Beach club at 3 a.m. Jones was charged with misdemeanor failure to obey a lawful command. "He refused several orders to get out of the street, and he was arrested," police spokesman Bobby Hernandez told the Associate Press.
- Eagles coach Andy Reid backed off a comment he made at the scouting combine that he hoped to have a 50-50 run-pass balance next season after throwing the ball 620 times last season, the third most attempts in the league. "I don't want it to be like it was this past year," he said. "It was too much (passing). But I've always been around 58 percent throwing and that's where I'd like to keep it."