Defensive end meets with Eagles

Restricted free agent defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila was in Philadelphia on Wednesday after weeks of speculation that the Eagles may be interested in signing him to an offer sheet.<p>

Of course much of the Eagles' interest was dependent on the status of defensive end Hugh Douglas, who ended his free agent tour last weekend, signing a $27 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Thus, Gbaja-Biamila has become a focus for the Eagles and their pass rush.

The 25-year old San Diego State product is also a major focus for the Packers, who stand to lose defensive end Vonnie Holliday. Gbaja-Biamila is expected to start at defensive end for the Packers and his loss would be damaging to a defensive line that counted on him last season. He has 25.5 sacks over the past two seasons.

The Eagles have much more to spend under this year's salary cap than the Packers, however, and that could make it difficult for the Packers' to match a big offer. Reportedly, the Packers are $6 million under the cap, but are also trying to sign their top linebacker, Na'il Diggs, to a long-term contract.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Gbaja-Biamila will not meet with the media to discuss his situation, and his agent, Bruce Tollner, has been unavailable for comment over the past week.

Should the Eagles choose to sign Gbaja-Biamila and the Packers not match the offer, they will receive the Eagles' first-round pick (30th overall) in this year's draft. The Packers did not tender Gbaja-Biamila the top offer prior to the Feb. 20 deadline, otherwise they would have received a first and third-round pick as compensation.

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