Pinkston Could Get Pink Slip

Todd Pinkston believes that he'll be healthy enough to start the season and help the Eagles offense. The Eagles aren't quite so sure. With the two sides at odds and Donte Stallworth now in Philadelphia, Pinkston could be headed elsewhere.

It's really starting to look like the NFL should start a support group for disgruntled receivers. The likes of Randy Moss, Javon Walker, Ashlie Lelie, Deion Branch and now, Todd Pinkston could all be counted among the members.

Todd Pinkston insists that he'll be healthy and ready to go when the season starts. The Eagles have their doubts, to say the least. It was partly that concern that prompted them to go out and deal for Donte Stallworth. More and more though, it's looking like Stallworth's arrival might not set up a three-headed receiving monster of Stallworth, Pinkston and Reggie Brown. Instead, Pinkston could be looking for a deal elsewhere.

The Eagles have given Pinkston permission to seek a trade that would land him with a different club and in what he would deem to be a better situation for himself. It's much the same situation that other members of the D.W.O. (Disgruntled Wide-Outs) have been faced with. Maybe they should all have the same agent, or at least share notes on what teams are interested and willing to talk.

Last season, a torn achilles forced Pinkston to miss the entire season and this year, the achilles on his other foot is giving him problems, although the injury is nowhere near as severe. So, are there any teams that would be interested in his services, even with the injury history? Early reports are that there are at least three teams that have expressed an interest to work out a deal for Pinkston, but aren't likely to give up much to get his services. They, and other teams, could just sit back and see who winds up being the odd man out of the Eagles receivers, since Stallworth's arrival means that at least one receiver will be an unneeded commodity.

Stallworth, Brown and rookie Hank Baskett have secured spots on the roster. That leaves Pinkston, Jabar Gaffney, Greg Lewis and Darnerien McCants fighting for two, possibly three, spots on the roster. Right now, Lewis would be the next closest to having locked up a job. Unless there's an injury, somebody is going to have to go and with his injuries being a concern, Pinkston could be that someone.

In another part of the ripple effect of the deal to bring Stallworth to Philly, rookie Omar Gaither steps into the backup role that Mark Simoneau previously held. Simoneau and a conditional fourth round draft pick were the bait used to land Stallworth from New Orleans.

Meanwhile, the Eagles placed another wide receiver, Jeremy Bloom, on injured reserve Tuesday, meaning that he'll miss the entire season. Fullback Jason Davis, who has a bad knee, also wound up on IR. The Eagles placed offensive lineman Adrien Clarke and linebacker Greg Richmond on waivers as injured players, meaning that they will receive at least some of their salaries. Richmond's career may well be over, as he is facing his second back injury in as many seasons, and could need a second surgery to correct the injury.


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