Headed To A Rival?

With free agency looming, news about potential destinations is leaking out just less than a week before the official free agent period begins. For the Eagles, one hit could be doubly hard if one of their own winds up in New York or Washington.

To imagine one of the Eagles - let's say Rod Hood - leave via free agency is tough. To imagine that same Eagle landing in the NFC East is even tougher.

One of the rumors rustling around the NFL Combine Saturday is that Eagles' nickel corner Roderick Hood could wind up being chased by the New York Giants. With the Giants embarking on a youth movement, Hood would be a good fit for their secondary, especially since the Giants are expected to pursue a player who could be a starting player at cornerback. One potential for New York is to do that through the draft, but another is to pursue free agents to give them a veteran presence in the secondary.

Hood is definitely looking for a starting job, which would make New York an attractive place for him to wind up. The former college free agent moved up the Eagles depth chart, but has likely gone as far as he is going to go for the immediate future if he were to stay in Philadelphia. Instead, he could field offers from other teams and look for something that's going to offer him more than the nickel cornerback spot he would be likely to occupy with the Birds.

To add to the intrigue is former Eagles linebacker coach Steve Spaguolo, who is an avid fan of Hood's talents.

And if that's not enough to worry about, another potential destination is Washington. The Redskins are also looking for help in the secondary, but right now are looking primarily for someone who would play the nickel spot, although it's thought that they'll pursue a veteran who could step into a starting job if needed and if they were to wave enough money in front of Hood, he could take that opportunity if things elsewhere wouldn't pan out.

Former Redskins' number one draft pick Fred Smoot, who is expected to be released by the Minnesota Vikings, would be another candidate for the job.


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