Few people around the league know the ins and outs of the Philadelphia Eagles' offensive personnel like Vikings head coach Brad Childress, the former offensive coordinator for the Eagles.
On Tuesday, Childress said he'd have to consider signing quarterback A.J. Feeley, who was released by the San Diego Chargers Monday. It's too late for that, as Philadelphia announced Wednesday they have agreed to terms with Feeley on a two-year contract and released QB Koy Detmer and WR Todd Pinkston.
Feeley's greatest success came when he was a member of the Eagles as a fifth-round draft choice in 2001. He was traded to Miami (then the home of Vikings director of player personnel Rick Spielman) in 2004 for a second-round draft choice, which the Eagles used to select WR Reggie Brown.
It has been an eight-month circle of life between the Vikings and Eagles. Ironically, the addition of Brown and recently acquired WR Donte Stallworth, along with a trade for former Vikings WR Hank Baskett, made Pinkston expendable in Philadelphia.
"Todd has had seven great years here for the Philadelphia Eagles," said Eagles head coach Andy Reid. "There is no one that I have respected more than Todd, who has helped us win a lot of football games. We have decided to give him an opportunity to move on to another team where there was still time for him to latch on as a starter. I know he is anxious to find another situation and step in and contribute immediately."
One of those opportunities could be with the Vikings, where he would be reunited with Childress. However, a knee injury to Pinkston last August sidelined him for the season and that injury would have to remain a concern for the Vikings, who worked out former San Francisco 49ers receiver Derrick Hamilton on Tuesday. Hamilton also suffered a knee injury last year, and practice observers at 49ers camp have voiced concerns about his work ethic in trying to come back from that injury.
If not Pinkston or Hamilton, there could be another Eagles wide receiver on their cut list as early as Friday. The top receivers in camp have been Brown, Stallworth, Jason Avant, Baskett and Greg Lewis, which might leave Jabar Gaffney and Darnerien McCants on the outside when teams are required to trim their rosters to 53 players by 4 p.m. Central Saturday. While Gaffney is more of a possession receiver, McCants could offer the Vikings a deep threat and another option as a kick returner if the Eagles part ways with him as well.
Meanwhile, with quarterback Tarvaris Jackson moving up the depth chart to No. 2 and Mike McMahon not expected to play Thursday night in Dallas, the Vikings are also thought to be scanning the waiver wire for a potential third quarterback if J.T. O'Sullivan's performance Thursday in Dallas doesn't inspire enough confidence.
With Feeley off the market, Detmer could be a possibility as another QB familiar with Childress' system.
"Koy gave 10 great years to the Eagles organization. He handled himself as a true professional on and off the field. He has been a great teammate. We wish he and his family all the best in the future," Reid said.
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