Ok, I know everyone has to be tired of the "possible tight end" posts because we know how the Eagles work and we get our hopes and dreams up usually they never come true. But, its only fair to ourselves to keep our eyes open at least till the word is no. We have been surprised before (Jason Peters, not getting Boldin but getting Maclin),
My post is about another tight end possibility. We've heard of the possible tradings for Vernon Davis and Tony Scheffler. While those are possible (Tony being far more likely) they have somethings holding them back. Michael Crabtree hasn't signed with SF so they don't have much in the ways of an offense outside of Gore and thats why I see them keeping Davis. Singletary is not an offensive guy so I don't think that he will know what he's doing with Davis. Plus, Davis is a headache and said to be self-centered (sound familiar?). So thats while I rule that out. The Scheff is far more likely. He is the number 2 tight end on the team and McDaniels has put him on the trading block. I don't know if the offer on him is still on the table but I would take him in a second. He has only gotten better as the years go on. Problems? Well McDaniels has shown that he isn't that bright. He's losing the team more and more and he has yet to put on the headphones. With that being said, he may be far more reluctant than he was before about getting rid of anymore players. So I guess you could say my problem doesn't lie with Scheff, more with McDaniels. (It also doesn't make it better that we play both of these teams on week 15-16).
So then who? Well if you remember there has been one team that has been particulary generous this season. Giving us Ellis Hobbs and ridding us of Greg Lewis (THANK GOD!!!). Yep the New England Patriots (Now only if they could give us that Super Bowl win.......jackasses). Maybe we could ask them for one more favor. One there TE. They have gotten deep at the posistion in this offseason. Which one could they possibly consider trading in my hopes....
Yep that one. Benjamin Watson. Now before you comment and say never in a million years...read me out. This offseason the Pats have added two quality tight end in Alex Smith and Chris Baker. Chris Baker signed a 5 year contract on Feb 27th so he's there to stay. Alex Smith is to make $1.55 million this year and becomes a free agent next year, but I don't see them trading for someone just to let him walk next year especially when he's only 27. Watson signed a 6yr/$7.5 million dollar contract on August 16, 2004. Based on the Patriots wins and his receptions, he could make up to $3.6 million this year (incentives), otherwise he makes $755,000 and is a free agent next year. That's where possibility is. Of the group, Chris Baker is the best blocker out of all 3. Alex Smith is the most versitile out of the 3. There's discussion that he could be used as an H-Back or even lead blocker. So that leaves Watson only catching passes, but with Moss and Welker on the field, why would they just have him catch passes? Alex and Baker may not be Tony Gonzalez, but in the Patriots O, as a TE all you have to do it go forward and pick up a few hear and there. Before Watson in 2006 being second on the team in rec yards, the Patriots hadn't had a TE make a major impact since 1998 (Ben Coates led the team in recs and was 3rd on the team in rec yards). Plus, word in New England is that the Bill isn't the happiest with Watson since he hasn't lived up to expectations (and can't think of much of another reason).
It would be something special to see Watson in Midnight Green. If anything it would make our offensive speed even scarier. Now considering the fact that Watson hasn't lived up to his first round status....I still think he is better then everything we got (obviously). Anyways, this was just my thoughts in words. Hope I gave you something to think about.
P.S.-I forgot to mention Tony "the Scheff" Scheffler's contract is up after this year too. He stands to make $535,000 this year. So that could be leverage to get him. But my status still stands on McFailure aka McDaniels.