Jeremiah Trotter had an interesting piece on this on WIP this afternoon. This article is an interesting take on the Lito stiuation and the Eagles policy towards vets in general. We would do well to remember that the contract bit cuts both ways. The team can devalue a player by sitting him or by cutting him at any time, so it seems a bit disingenuous for fans to take the organization's side all the time. After all, its the players who are busting it out on the field for our enjoyment. Not the ownership.
This is from the recent Bob Gruber article in Newsday regarding the Lito Sheppard situation
In the end, he felt betrayed by an organization that he once felt he'd spend his entire career with. All because he feels the organization was miffed he wanted to re-open negotiations on his contract.
"After my second Pro Bowl season [in 2006], it started going downhill when I addressed the fact that I felt like I wanted a new deal," he said. Samuel's signing after the 2007 season eventually sealed his fate.
"I truly believe that if they paid me and they paid Asante at the same time, and if I had a pretty good year, then people would have asked, 'Then why would you bring in Asante?' They had to keep me at a minimum in terms of play time."
Add all of this to Trotter's comments on WIP yesterday and Mike Missanelli's breaking of the story that the Eagles are not in compliance with the salary cap because they don't spend enough money on their players, and you have quite the scandal at the Nova Care Complex.