Friday, March 02, 2007

Juqua's Back

Good news for the Philly Phaithful, the Eagles wasted little time bringing back DE Juqua Thomas, who signed a 5-year contract with the Birds (terms undisclosed as I write this). If you've been following the Eagles off-season you'll know that beyond the two big offensive names (Garcia and Stallworth) loomed two key defensive players.

Andy Reid tipped his hat weeks ago, when he said he didn't want to lose a guy like Juqua...Keeping the high-revving DE obviously was the Birds #1 priority heading into free agency.

They why wasn't he signed earlier, like Quintin Mikell, he was with the Birds afterall. Well, there was an odd stipulation in Juqua's contract that stated he could NOT resign with the Eagles until the formal beginning of free agency. I think his agent probably wanted it that way, to ensure that his client would formally become a free agent. A bit of gamesmanship that probably helped a little bit.

4 comments:

geo1113 said...

The hold-up was a technicality in last year's contract: Because Thomas made the NFL minimum exception that saved the Eagles cap dollars, he wasn't allowed to do a new deal until free agency started.

Micc said...

you I just read that today....I figured it was a sweet little something that his agent did...oh well...

Don't believe everything you read! :)

geo1113 said...

That is correct unless it happens to be a story that says Donovan McNabb is mean to puppies and babies...ha!

Micc said...

no doubt, he's also behind scurvy, the Peter Pan salmonella outbreak, and Sanjaya remaining on American Idol for another week!