Philadelphia Eagles president Joe Banner wouldn't talk about specific players in free agency Tuesday, but he let it be known that his club is prepared to make significant moves. That is, if free agency even occurs this offseason. The Eagles seem to think that it will happen at some point, but SI's Peter King told us on Dallas-Fort Worth's ESPN 103.3 FM on Wednesday that there's better than a "50-50 shot" the NFL won't have free agency this offseason.
He has trouble imagining a scenario in which a new CBA is signed in early September, and then free agents immediately start taking trips around the league. But here's what Banner had to say about the Eagles' approach to free agency:
"There may be opportunities to get some great players that can make a difference at large salaries," Banner told Philadelphia-based reporters. "There may be an opportunity to get some guys that are very good players but, because there are so many free agents at once, are very good values, and we're going to try to be in a position to take advantage of the situation."
Banner indicated that Asante Samuel's large contract would not preclude the Eagles from making a serious commitment to another cornerback (hint, hint).
"If we went or didn't go in any particular direction, it wouldn't be because of the balance of the cap at that particular position," said Banner.
And that has to be a refreshing thing for Eagles fans to hear. Now, if Banner could just get this CBA finalized.