Philadelphia Eagles CB Sheldon Brown
With a lot of peoples minds focused on the QB situation, the LB corp and the DE group, I think an issue a lot of people are overlooking is what the Eagles will do with Sheldon Brown. Everyone knows that he complained about his contract last year, and its hard to believe that he won't complain again as he is bound to want a chance to get paid again. So this does beg the question, has Sheldon Brown played his last game as an Eagle?
I think we all love what Sheldon did for us last year. He was a warrior for us, and after his offseason PMS, he settled down and got back to work. Then a bunch of small injuries started piling up, and receivers he shut down before were now flying by him. He could still play, and well at that, but I think it was obvious that something there was diminishing. After allowing 0 TD passes scored against him in 2008, his number slipped to 5 TD's allowed in 2009. So is he worth another go around in 2010?
In a perfect world, yes. But Sheldon wants to get paid, and the Eagles won't pay an aging CB who seems as though he may be declining. Even from a purely physical standpoint, Sheldon has always been a bit short, and lacked elite speed. At some point, he will fall off a cliff. People have suggested moving him to FS but I highly doubt Sheldon agrees to a move like that. Save for the fact that he's played CB his entire career, he's also a proud man. Moving him to FS would be a slap in the face. That is why I think it would be best for both sides to perhaps starting thinking about moving on.
Trade is the most likely scenario (during the draft perhaps?). We would get a young, talented CB to grow with our young team, while Sheldon gets his last shot at making some money. I think something like this is even more probable if one of the top CB's falls down to us in the 1st or 2nd round. But this is just something to think about that doesn't involve people wishing Mcnabb tore his ACL or Kolb shooting himself while hunting.
My Prediction: Eagles draft Joe Haden in the first round, while trading Sheldon Brown for a late 2nd/early 3rd round pick.