What's The Deal With Runyan?

The Patriots will need to sign another lineman or pick one up in the Draft now that Tom Ashworth has signed with the Seahawks. Speculation that the Patriots were interested in signing tackle Jon Runyan was not unfounded. Get inside for the latest on what Scout.com insiders have heard on Runyan's situation, and see if the Patriots have any chance to sneak in and sign him before former Patriots' coordinator Eric Mangini gets him to ink a deal with the Jets.

A league source has told scout.com Thursday evening that both the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets remain involved in negotiations for UFA tackle Jon Runyan (Eagles).

Runyan, a 10-year veteran has been a member of the Eagles for the last six seasons. Originally drafted by the then Houston Oilers in the fourth-round of the 1996 NFL Draft (109th overall), Runyan spent four seasons with the Oilers/Titans and made the move with the franchise when it transplanted to Tennessee to be come the Titans in 1997.

The Patriots have been rumored to be interested in the 6-foot-7, 330-pound former Michigan Wolverine, but have yet to become serious bidders for Runyan, or any free agent. After courting former Jet Kevin Mawae, and rumored to have interest in his former teammate Jason Fabini, the Patriots are looking to find a player in free agency to replace the players they expect to lose via free agency; tackle Tom Ashworth and possibly guard Stephen Neal. Although, at this point, Neal looks like he will re-sign with New England.

According to multiple Eagle sources, the team believes very strongly that they'll be able to re-sign Runyan. He has told those close to him that he wants to end his career as an Eagle.

The Jets have looked at a number of offensive linemen in their attempt to shore up their offensive line. After losing Mawae (Tennessee) and Fabini (Dallas), and facing the loss of Scott Gragg, the Jets need linemen desperately. Runyan would fill the need to sign a starting tackle.

As scout.com first reported back during the NFL Combine last month, Runyan would be willing to accept up to 25% less than another team would offer because he wants to finish his career with the Eagles and he doesn't want to move his family.

At this point, New England will have to look elsewhere for another player to sign for their offensive line. The best tackles still available according to the Scout.com's Free Agency tracker are Brad Hopkins (Tennessee), Kenyatta Walker (Tampa Bay), Jordan Black (Kansas City) and Tony Pashos (Baltimore).


Jon Scott has been covering the NFL for over ten years. A member of the Pro Football Writers Association he is a regular contributor to Patriots Insider. You can find archives of his columns on the Insiders by searching for "Jon Scott" or Send him an email here:


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A league source has told scout.com Thursday evening that both the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets remain involved in negotiations for UFA tackle Jon Runyan (Eagles).

Runyan, a 10-year veteran has been a member of the Eagles for the last six seasons. Originally drafted by the then Houston Oilers in the fourth-round of the 1996 NFL Draft (109th overall), Runyan spent four seasons with the Oilers/Titans and made the move with the franchise when it transplanted to Tennessee to be come the Titans in 1997.

The Patriots have been rumored to be interested in the 6-foot-7, 330-pound former Michigan Wolverine, but have yet to become serious bidders for Runyan, or any free agent. After courting former Jet Kevin Mawae, and rumored to have interest in his former teammate Jason Fabini, the Patriots are looking to find a player in free agency to replace the players they expect to lose via free agency; tackle Tom Ashworth and possibly guard Stephen Neal. Although, at this point, Neal looks like he will re-sign with New England.

According to multiple Eagle sources, the team believes very strongly that they'll be able to re-sign Runyan. He has told those close to him that he wants to end his career as an Eagle.

The Jets have looked at a number of offensive linemen in their attempt to shore up their offensive line. After losing Mawae (Tennessee) and Fabini (Dallas), and facing the loss of Scott Gragg, the Jets need linemen desperately. Runyan would fill the need to sign a starting tackle.

As scout.com first reported back during the NFL Combine last month, Runyan would be willing to accept up to 25% less than another team would offer because he wants to finish his career with the Eagles and he doesn't want to move his family.

At this point, New England will have to look elsewhere for another player to sign for their offensive line. The best tackles still available according to the Scout.com's Free Agency tracker are Brad Hopkins (Tennessee), Kenyatta Walker (Tampa Bay), Jordan Black (Kansas City) and Tony Pashos (Baltimore).


Jon Scott has been covering the NFL for over ten years. A member of the Pro Football Writers Association he is a regular contributor to Patriots Insider. You can find archives of his columns on the Insiders by searching for "Jon Scott" or Send him an email here:

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