The surfacing of news hasn't ended yet. On the same day that former Air Force star Chad Hall was signed to the Eagles and it was announced that both free agent RB Justin Fargas and WR Hank Baskett have visits scheduled in Philadelphia regarding possible contract negotiations, the organization is also being rumored to have serious interest in Vikings' defensive lineman Ray Edwards, who is currently a restricted free agent with a 1st-round tender offer. The Minnesota player was considered to be among the top available Defensive Ends on the market this offseason, but thus far, it appears few teams are willing to risk having to dish out high Draft choice compensation for him if they'd actually reach a deal with the pass rusher. According to Bob Grotz of the Delaware County Daily Times newspaper, the Birds are expected to pursue Edwards in the near future.
Julius Peppers, formerly of the Panthers, was the clear-cut stud of the free agent class at the DE position, and--despitereceiving an offer from the Eagles--wound up agreeing to a lucrative contract with the Bears. Other top-notch lineman like Aaron Kampman and Kyle Vanden Bosch were also snatched up by other organizations, and Philly was left without a star defender through the first few days of the market being open. However, if the reports regarding Edwards (pictured) are true, the Eagles might just be fine at the position if they make the right moves for him. Drafted in 2006, he has not had overly impressive statistics, but has certainly improved his game and is projected to become one of the league's best pass rushers in the coming years. The last two years, he's had at least 51 tackles, and in '09, he notched 8.5 sacks.
"The Eagles are expected to make a push to acquire Defensive End Ray Edwards, who had four sacks for the Vikings in the playoffs last season," Grotz said in a recent article. "The Vikings would get a first-round pick if they declined to match offers for Edwards, who had three sacks in the playoff win over the Cowboys and dropped Drew Brees once in the NFC title game loss to the Super Bowl champion Saints."
In other transaction news/rumors, the Eagles are also reportedly in the mix to host a visit with free agent LaDainian Tomlinson, who has been listed as one of the top--if not the best overall--runner left for hire. The longtime San Diego Charger met with the Vikings this afternoon, and is also scheduled to talk with the New York Jets, but rumor has it he could be heading to Philly among several other destinations after that. Of course, this might all depend on how things go with the Eagles' discussions with Justin Fargas; the situation will simply have to play itself out as the offseason progresses.