Philadelphia Eagles: Will Recent Free Agency Signings Lead To Super Bowl Run?
The Philadelphia Eagles have taken the 2011 NFL Free Agency frenzy by storm. The team has not only added quarterback Vince Young and shipped Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round-pick, but also acquired wide out Johnnie Lee Higgins, tight end Donald Lee and defensive end Jason Babin.
Oh, and after blowing the socks off most fans, media, players and teams by winning the Nnamdi Asomugha sweepstakes, the Eagles have reached an agreement with defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins. The signing comes within 24 hours after landing Asomugha.
Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com suggests that maybe the Eagles really will be a Dream Team, or maybe they’ll discover that you can’t just spend your way to the Super Bowl.
I believe you can spend your way to the big stage, at least when you’re using the money effectively on players who won’t become distractions, fit your scheme, are highly-motivated and get along well with the rest of the team.
Michael Lombardi of NFL Network reports that Jenkins’ contract could essentially turn into a one-year, $4 million deal if the Eagles decide to let him go after the 2011 season.
Cullen Jenkins Brief Bio: Entering his eighth season in the league, Cullen Jenkins, 30, is 6-2 and 305 pounds. The versatile and productive undrafted free agent played college at Central Michigan and joined the Green Bay Packers in 2004. Along with 18 total tackles, Jenkins earned a career-high seven sacks in 11 games and eight starts in 2010. Career Stats: 194 combined tackles, 29 sacks, one interception and five forced fumbles.
Look for a lethal rotation on defensive line with the likes of Trent Cole, Brandon Graham, Darryl Tapp, Juqua Parker, Jason Babin, Cullen Jenkins, Antonio Dixon, Trevor Laws, Mike Patterson and Brodrick Bunkley.
Nnamdi Asomugha will become the right corner, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will take on the left side and Asante Samuel will probably be traded.
Possible landing spots are Dallas, Detroit, Tampa Bay, Arizona, Seattle, San Francisco, Houston, Baltimore and Cincinnati for Samuels’ services.
I think Vince Young will humble himself over the course of the season, but it will take some time. Nonetheless, I believe he could resurrect his career in Philadelphia even if he’s just utilized in specific situations and I wouldn’t be surprised if he had increased trade value in a season or two.
Expect big thins from the Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie duo. Look for decent production from Lee and Lee Higgins. And while Babin and Jenkins might not have a monster impact, there’s a good chance that they’ll help improve everyone on the depth chart on the defensive front and continue to play at a pretty high level.
Are the Eagles now Super Bowl bound? It’s too early to answer the question, but if I were a Redskins, Cowboys or Giants fan, I would start to cry myself to sleep at night. Andy Reid is a genius.
Update: The Eagles have traded Brodrick Bunkley to the Cleveland Browns for a 2012 fifth-round draft pick.
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