Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Some Random Thoughts about the Eagles and other things

Ok, I wanted to start today by relaying this information I got in an email from Grassfire: the addresses for Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos, the two border agent punished (wrongly IMO) for shooting a Mexican drug-runner. A drug-runner who was not only promised immunity for his "testimony" but also, like the mongrel, turned around and sued the U.S. government. You know, only in America - with our twisted fucked-up legal system - could a fucking criminal not only go scott-free, be used to imprison the agents who sought to arrest him, AND then sue!

If you're outraged, then I encourage you to read the stories for yourself, decide for yourself and then if want go here and sign the online petition. Anyway, regardless of whether that link generates anything, I would like to relay the addresses for the two former agents:
Jose Compean #58080180
FCI Elkton
P.O. Box 10
Lisbon, OH 44432

Ignacio Ramos #58079-180
FCI Yazoo City Medium Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 5888

Yazoo City, MS 39194
Those addresses must be precise or else the facilities will not deliver the letter.

OK, with that off my chest, let talk some Eagles.
The "big" news today is that FA safety Mike Doss canceled his scheduled visit because he signed with the Minnesota Vikings (the first stop on his "tour").

If you're anything like me, that's very underwhelming news. Would the Eagles have signed him if he actually came to NovaCare. Well considering he signed a 1yr-$1mill/deal its certainly possible. But honestly, does it really matter? The Eagles need to look long-term and find a successor to Brian Dawkins. That translates into taking a safety on Day 1, not signing a dude coming off a major knee injury (torn ACL) who is looking for a 1yr-prove-he-can-still-play deal so that might be able to cash-in in 2008.

Other notable notes, this blurb from Don Banks - Inside the NFL column on SI. Talking about all the trades this off-season:
"It seemed like just a couple years back, nobody traded," Eagles head coach Andy Reid said at last week's NFL annual meeting in Phoenix. "And then people talked about how nobody's trading, and all of a sudden everybody's trading. (The Spikes deal) worked for us because we wanted to get a veteran linebacker or two...We thought that was important for us."

O.K. that could be read a couple of ways - but lets have some fun with this. The pursuit of Ryan Fowler was serious and would not have precluded the Spikes Deal (I think it might've to be honest). If the Eagles possibly are still seeking to bring in a second vet LB - Let me chime the Ike Reese gong again. Even so, I think the Birds will wait until AFTER the draft to make any more moves. They'll see what areas they were able to address, and if LB or DB depth is still an issue, perhaps another vet signing will occur before the May mini-camp.

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