Will Birds get CB Ramsey?
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?
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.