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What does a guy have to do to get traded around here?

June 5, 2008

Today in the Philadelphia Daily News, Eagles GM Joe Banner told reporters that cornerback Lito Sheppard’s OTA no-show wouldn’t likely result in the two-time Pro Bowler being shipped out of the City of Brotherly Love.

What remains unclear to me is exactly what Sheppard is upset about. Publicly, it appears to be a contract extension he signed four years ago that runs through the end of the 2011 season but one would think that the Eagles offseason acquisition of Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel might have something to do with Sheppard’s recent unhappiness.

Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson has said he looks forward to using Samuel, Sheppard and Sheldon Brown in a variety of looks and packages and it doesn’t appear that the Eagles have any plans to ship Lito anytime soon.

Rumors surfaced, most likely generated by fans, that a deal might be struck that would send Sheppard to Miami for defensive end Jason Taylor, whose difficulties with the Dolphins have been well-documented. Such a deal, while I agree that shipping Sheppard might be the way to go long-term, would be a disaster for the Eagles, who’ve not shown a great track record with acquiring aging, formerly great defensive ends in the past (see: Kearse, Jevon). Not to mention that at a presser last weekend, Taylor said he is only looking to play one more season. To deal a productive, albeit slightly overrated corner, for a guy who’s going to be one-and-done would be a mistake of colossal proportions.

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