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hawaiiansteel
06-29-2011, 10:55 PM
Report: Eagles will show “strong interest” in Ike Taylor

Posted by Evan Silva on June 29, 2011

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The Eagles are popularly linked to Nnamdi Asomugha in free agency speculation, but they may be eyeballing an in-state cornerback option instead.

Citing multiple sources, Adam Caplan of FOXSports.com reports that the Eagles “will show strong interest” in free agent Ike Taylor when the lockout ends. Taylor, of course, has spent the first eight years of his career with Pittsburgh.

Caplan also hints that Philadelphia is considering playing more zone coverage under first-year defensive coordinator Juan Castillo in order to complement changes up front. Along the defensive line, new position coach Jim Washburn is implementing a “wide-nine” philosophy in which both ends line up well outside of the offensive tackles trying to block them. The defensive tackles will be up-field pass rushers.

Taylor played right corner in Pittsburgh last year, and that’s the position Philadelphia sorely needs to upgrade. The Eagles rotated Dmitri Patterson and Ellis Hobbs at the position in 2010, and both flamed out.

PFT’s Mike Florio reported on May 15 that Taylor indeed plans to test the open market, and Taylor couldn’t have been clearer about his intentions to do so in a May 18 ESPN interview.

Taylor should also come at a much more affordable rate than Asomugha.

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hawaiiansteel
07-01-2011, 12:57 AM
Ike Taylor could be on Eagles' free-agent radar

June 30, 2011
Vinnie Iyer - Sporting News


For teams that can't afford to land Nnamdi Asomugha as a free agent when the NFL lockout ends, Ike Taylor is a pretty good consolation prize at cornerback. Taylor, who said earlier in the offseason that he wouldn't give the Steelers a "hometown discount" to stay in Pittsburgh, just might end up on the other side of Pennsylvania.

According to FoxSports.com, the Philadelphia Eagles, who had been expected to go after the Oakland Raiders' Asomugha, "will show strong interest" in signing Taylor. It's not much of a stretch considering what Asomugha and Taylor have in common: They are both big, physical cover corners‹a profile that has fit the Eagles' aggressive defense over the years.

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Although Ike Taylor isn't a shutdown type in the Nnamdi Asomugha class, he's solid in holding down his side and also helping against the run. (AP Photo)

Although Taylor isn't a shutdown type in the Asomugha class, he's solid in holding down his side and also helping against the run. Because Philadelphia already has a ballhawking corner in Asante Samuel, Taylor's skill set would be complementary.

It's no secret the Eagles are hoping to end up with a seasoned, accomplished corner whenever they get the chance to acquire players. The goal would be having two players they can trust in single coverage, so they can be more creative with their front-seven blitz schemes.

To that end, Asomugha still can't be ruled out. In the past, the Eagles haven't shied away from breaking the bank on defensive difference-makers, with Samuel being the best recent example. Taylor would be costly short-term, but he wouldn't cost them nearly as much long-term as Asomugha would.

Over the past month, rumors have circulated about the Eagles possibly dealing for a cornerback, with backup quarterback Kevin Kolb as trade bait. With the Arizona Cardinals as the reported top suitor for Kolb's services, there has been talk of Arizona offering cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for Kolb.

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RuthlessBurgher
07-01-2011, 09:09 AM
Over the past month, rumors have circulated about the Eagles possibly dealing for a cornerback, with backup quarterback Kevin Kolb as trade bait. With the Arizona Cardinals as the reported top suitor for Kolb's services, there has been talk of Arizona offering cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for Kolb.

I think, if trading were allowed during the draft, the Eagles would have tried to trade up from #23 to #5 by giving Kevin Kolb to Arizona. Once the CBA is done, they could still do that. Package Kolb and Danny Watkins, who the Eagles took at 1.23 (the Cards fill their biggest hole at QB and also replace Alan Faneca, who just retired), in exchange for Patrick Peterson, who the Cardinals took at 1.5 (Samuel and Peterson would be an awesome CB duo).

hawaiiansteel
07-02-2011, 03:01 PM
Over the past month, rumors have circulated about the Eagles possibly dealing for a cornerback, with backup quarterback Kevin Kolb as trade bait. With the Arizona Cardinals as the reported top suitor for Kolb's services, there has been talk of Arizona offering cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for Kolb.

I think, if trading were allowed during the draft, the Eagles would have tried to trade up from #23 to #5 by giving Kevin Kolb to Arizona. Once the CBA is done, they could still do that. Package Kolb and Danny Watkins, who the Eagles took at 1.23 (the Cards fill their biggest hole at QB and also replace Alan Faneca, who just retired), in exchange for Patrick Peterson, who the Cardinals took at 1.5 (Samuel and Peterson would be an awesome CB duo).


Wondering what surprise player could be dealt for Kevin Kolb

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on July 2, 2011

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The Arizona Cardinals remain the favorite to land Kevin Kolb, with conventional wisdom saying they will send at least one veteran player to Philly (and presumably a draft pick) in return.

There has been plenty of speculation about that player, ranging from the highly improbable (Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie) to the totally illogical (Patrick Peterson.)

Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated has an idea on who the Eagles would like to get, and writes on Twitter that the name “will surprise” you.

So who could that be? (It’s Fourth of July weekend. We could use some random holiday speculation.)

Well, the Eagles are thin at running back and the Cardinals could spare one. Our best guess is that the Eagles could be interested in Beanie Wells as a powerful complement to LeSean McCoy or Tim Hightower as a guy who could replace McCoy without changing the play calls.

Arizona has a great special-teamer/third-down back in LaRod Stephens-Howling. Rookie Ryan Williams figures to have a big role.

Looking at the rest of their roster, the team just doesn’t have depth elsewhere they could easily trade away. The Cardinals could afford to give up one of their veteran backs.

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