"After the 2007 concluded, Sheppard wanted to be known that he wanted to get a new contract, not an extension. The front office didn't believe he deserved one considering they signed him to an extension in October 2004 and his play started to wane a bit. What capped it off was Philadelphia's signing of Asante Samuel who became the highest paid cornerback in the league. It was clear this bothered Sheppard who was demoted to nickel back and eventually to their dime defense midway though 2008. Prior to the Thanksgiving game at home against Arizona, a source said Sheppard missed a meeting (either team or position) and that was the time he got demoted to the dime defense.
"Sheppard is still young (turns 28 in April) and now that he's with a team that clearly wanted him, he should be able to regain the confidence in his game that was clearly lost last season,"
"Sheppard is a good corner, who's had a rough two year stretch in Philadelphia," said Chris Steuber. "He's basically been the team's dime corner, because of his attitude and injury history. The Eagles tried to redo his contract, but Sheppard didn't like the offer he received. When player's turn down contracts from the Eagles, in most cases you're alienated to bench; Sheppard found that out first hand.
"I think a new start in New York will benefit Sheppard. He's still a young player and he didn't make two Pro Bowl's by mistake. When he wants to play, he's one of the better corners in the league. But Sheppard has the tendency to be a dog. He's the kind of guy where if his wrist isn't feeling well one day, he'll sit out practice. Or, if his shoulder is sore and will ask to sit a few series' out. That's how the kind of guy he's always been. However, when he's 100-percent, he can still lock down the opposition.
"He's not as quick as he used to be and he takes more chances than he did earlier in his career, but for a fifth round pick this year and a conditional pick next year, the Jets stole Sheppard."
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