Eagles Call Too Late

The Eagles were busy on Saturday, but apparently got to work too late. At least one of the players that they were interested in had all but signed a new deal when the Eagles called. Their interest though may say something about their plans.

Free agent running back Sammy Morris moved from the Miami Dolphins to division rival New England on Saturday, signing a four-year deal worth $7 million, $5 million of which comes in the first two seasons. Just before he was going in to sign the deal though, the Eagles called looking to bring him to Philadelphia. The discussion wasn't convincing enough to get Morris to delay the signing, but it does give a glimpse into what the Eagles may be thinking. The Eagles weren't the only team late to the meal as the Jets called at just about the same time as the Birds.

One of their key free agents is Correll Buckhalter. Their interest in Morris could signal that they aren't close to re-signing Buckhalter and have started to look for a replacement. Buckhalter was one of the Eagles free agents that they had questionable interest in re-signing. While he had a good season for them in 2006, he has had a lot of injuries throughout his career and the Eagles were interested in signing a more reliable back to compliment Brian Westbrook.

So far, Buckhalter hasn't garnered a lot of attention on the free agent market, but may start to get some calls now that Morris is gone. Eagles wide receiver Donte Stallworth also hasn't had as many lucrative offers as he might have expected in the early going of free agency. The Eagles had pretty well decided that they wouldn't bring Stallworth back, deciding instead to give more playing time to Hank Baskett and other young receivers on the roster. Plus, re-signing Stallworth would have cost the Eagles a third round pick as part of the deal with New Orleans that brought him to Philadelphia. If they don't re-sign him, the pick drops to a fourth round pick in the draft.

The Eagles focused first on defense, re-signing Quintin Mikell and Juqua Thomas prior to the free agency period. Their focus is now shifting to find some help on the offensive side of the ball.


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