Eagles News, Notes, and Nuggets

This week the Eagles announced that TE L.J. Smith has signed his 1-year, $4.5 million franchise tender offer and that CB Joselio Hanson signed his 1-year restricted free-agent tender offer.  Both players seem to be saying all of the right things and appear willing to commit to the team now that their contract issues have been resolved (for now).  I, for one, like both players and am glad that they will be on the team this coming season, but I do think Smith now has a lot more pressure to perform in order to justify this year’s contract, as well as his next one.

In other news, OT William “Don’t call me Tra” Thomas has apparently had a change of heart, and has switched his name BACK to Tra.  Apparently, not too many people took to calling him “William”, so he switched back.  Can we hope that “Tra” and Juqua “Don’t call me Thomas” Parker are now satisfied with their driver’s licenses and can get back to some more important things, like concentrating on the names of the opposing players that they will be lining up against this upcoming season?  I mean, seriously…

Also, Head Coach Andy Reid gave an interview yesterday while attending the annual NFC Coaches Luncheon.  Although there was no mention of General Lee’s Chicken, there were numerous food references, all of which do not make defending Reid to fans of other NFL teams any easier.  However, the media and fans seem to be completely up in arms regarding some of Reid’s answers, most notably ones he gave surrounding rumors of a Donovan McNabb trade and how he feels about the team’s current “playmakers”.  A transcript of the interview can be found here.

While speaking of rumors, the ones about WR Chad Johnson and the Eagles do not seem to be going away.  The latest one I heard was that the Eagles were in some kind of “secret negotiations” with the mecurial and outspoken wideout.    Would you trade Lito Sheppard for Chad Johnson?  Seems like a great fit for both teams, I’m just sayin’…

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