More rumors and reports of speculation are circulating as free agency approaches and the Eagles prepare to make some moves to improve their roster. Recent suggestions propose the Eagles may be considering adding a veteran Running Back such as Darren Sproles or Chester Taylor, but the latest story to surface involves the supposed expectancy that Philadelphia will pursue LB Keith Bulluck, an aging yet talented defender. Notable networks that have brought up this situation include FOX Sports, the Sirius NFL Radio program, and the Eagles website 2 Minutes to Midnight Green.
With several of their own Linebackers scheduled to hit the free agent market and inconsistency proven to be present in the 2009 season, the Eagles would be wise to invest an offseason signing or Draft selection to improve their LB corps. It’s yet to be seen if and how they will do so, but the idea of Bulluck (pictured) being added to the team would have its share of benefits. Of course, because the Titans’ player is turning 33 years old in April, there is a clear risk of injury and slowness in his game, but the Linebacker certainly holds some impressive credentials and probably should be ranked among the top free agent LBs.
Since being selected in the 1st round of the 2000 NFL Draft by Tennessee, Bulluck has earned a pair of All-Pro honors, as well as a Pro-Bowl appearance. He has amazingly had over 1,000 tackles in his career, with 6 seasons in which he totaled over 100. He also has knack for intercepting the ball, and has 19 since joining the league. One of his best seasons came in 2004, when he notched an astounding 152 tackles, 5 sacks and 2 picks, but this past year was quite good, too (especially considering he was injured at the end of the season). In ‘09, he made 108 tackles (81 of which were solo take-downs) and intercepted 3 passes.
With solid statistics and a great character, the Titans’ Linebacker would definitely be a big acquisition in terms of his previous achievements and leadership. However, there is somewhat of a large risk and violation of the Eagles’ “typical signing policy” in the fact that Bulluck is nearly 33 years of age and coming off an injury to his knee.
The reports indicating that the Eagles are likely to pursue the Linebacker corresponded with speculation that the rival New York Giants would also make a run for Bulluck’s services, and that there would probably be a bit of a bidding war to acquire him. Whether those claims are true or not, the idea of adding Keith Bulluck only adds to what is a needed sense of excitement in the offseason.