Will Birds get CB Ram­sey?

The Morning Call - - SPORTS - Morn­ing Call re­porter Nick Fierro can be reached at 610-778-2243 or [email protected]

Not sur­pris­ingly, most of the ques­tions for this edi­tion of Ea­gles Mailbag cen­ter around a pos­si­ble up­grade at cor­ner­back, specif­i­cally dis­grun­tled Jack­sonville Jaguars cor­ner­back Jalen Ram­sey.

Ram­sey is with­out question one of the NFL’s top cor­ner­backs, and the Ea­gles are with­out question in need of a cor­ner­back. They ac­tu­ally need more than one — much more than one with Jalen Mills and Cre’Von LeBlanc out un­til at least mid­sea­son and Sid­ney Jones and Ron­ald Darby out in­def­i­nitely.

So with­out fur­ther ado, here we go.

Ac­tu­ally, the first question via Twit­ter asks about any and all cor­ners who might be avail­able in a trade.

OK, well let’s get Ram­sey out of the way first. He’s ob­vi­ously first on the list, and vet­eran scribe Peter King has a hunch that the Ea­gles are fron­trun­ners.

While the Ea­gles cer­tainly have to be in­ter­ested, how much they’re will­ing to give up for the Ter­rell Owens of cor­ner­backs is not known.

Ram­sey comes with bag­gage, and there’s no guar­an­tee that the Ea­gles’ cul­ture, strong as it is, can hold up if a per­son­al­ity like Ram­sey is in­tro­duced to the mix. Af­ter all, they had a pretty strong cul­ture be­fore Owens ar­rived in 2004, and the hon­ey­moon was over af­ter just one year.

Of course, that had to do with money they had no in­ten­tion of pay­ing Owens. Any trade in which Ram­sey would land in Philadel­phia would in­volve Ram­sey be­ing sat­is­fied with a long-term con­tract ex­ten­sion.

Plus, coach Doug Ped­er­son seem­ingly has no con­cerns, point­ing to the Ea­gles be­ing able to make things work with oth­ers who came in with dif­fi­cult rep­u­ta­tions.

“It’s been proven,” he boasted. “We’ve done that be­fore here. I feel like our locker room is strong enough. We have great lead­er­ship on the

team with the play­ers. I think where our cul­ture is right now, we can em­brace just about any­thing in that locker room.

“… We’ve done it. Yeah, we’ve done it.”

LeGar­rette Blount and Michael Ben­nett im­me­di­ately come to mind. But again, they weren’t even in Philadel­phia as long as Owens was.

Any­way, there are other pos­si­bil­i­ties out there.

Bobby McCain of the Mi­ami Dol­phins could help, ac­cord­ing to Jeff Kerr of CBS Sports. He played cor­ner­back when Ea­gles de­fen­sive as­sis­tant

Matt Burke was there and now plays safety. So there’s ver­sa­til­ity.

Kerr also points to McCain’s team­mate Xavien Howard as a pos­si­bil­ity.

Our next question per­tains to the pos­si­ble ben­e­fit of cut­ting line­backer L.J. Fort to make room for cor­ner­back Or­lando Scan­drick. Do the Ea­gles gain a com­pen­satory pick?

This is cor­rect. Fort was signed dur­ing the free-agency pe­riod, which means he no longer can­cels out any of their free-agent losses (Nick Foles, Jor­dan Hicks, Golden Tate). This means they likely get a fourth-round com­pen­satory pick back.

Be­fore his re­lease, he had counted against the loss of Hicks.

Now, ac­cord­ing to over­the­cap.com, the Ea­gles stand to get two ex­tra picks as the re­sult of los­ing Foles and Hicks, with their sign­ing of safety An­drew Sen­dejo can­cel­ing out the loss of Tate.

They could gain an­other pick, too, if Sen­dejo should meet the same fate as Fort.

Just some­thing to keep in mind.

Our third and fourth ques­tions come from Face­book.

First, I was hon­ored to have long­time, leg­endary Le­high Univer­sity pub­lic ad­dress an­nouncer Bill McCoach ask my thoughts on whether Green Bay would have gone for two to win or kicked an ex­tra point to force over­time had it scored at the end of reg­u­la­tion against the Ea­gles on Thurs­day night.

I feel they would have kicked the ex­tra point be­cause that’s usu­ally the rec­om­mended course of ac­tion for a team that be­lieves it’s bet­ter than the op­po­nent and play­ing at home.

Had the sit­u­a­tion been re­versed, I have no doubt Ped­er­son would have gone for two. I think that’s what you have to do when you’re the un­der­dog and on the road and down to just two healthy cor­ner­backs on your ac­tive ros­ter, like his Ea­gles were at the end of Thurs­day night.

Fi­nally, Joe Gu­tier­rez asks if wide re­ceiver DeSean Jack­son will be in the lineup for the next game.

My sense is that he won’t. Th­ese ab­dom­i­nal/groin in­juries are tricky, so why rush him back against the New York Jets af­ter scor­ing 34 points with­out him against one of the league’s stingi­est de­fen­sive units?

Nick Fierro

DAVID ZALUBOWSKI/AP

The Jaguars have no idea what's next for dis­grun­tled cor­ner­back Jalen Ram­sey. If the past is any in­di­ca­tion, it's sure to in­clude some­thing out of the or­di­nary.

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