First up, speaking at this year's NFL combine in Indy Eagles GM Tom Heckert offered a pretty strong denial that Lito Sheppard was trade bait. Lito also apparently thought the rumor was "a practical joke"
"Lito is signed, Lito is here and he does not have permission to do anything," said Heckert, refuting a report Monday on ESPN that the team had given Sheppard and his agent, Lamont Smith, permission to seek a trade. "Lito is a member of our team and that's about it. There's nothing left to talk about."
Heckert said he "had no idea" how the rumor got started.
Members of the Giants organization think the Eagles will go after free agent safety Gibril Wilson
S Gibril Wilson. No new deal for him, either. One interesting note here: The Giants are aware the Eagles will be looking for a safety in free agency. And because Philly plays a similar defensive system to the one Spags brought up here last year, the Giants believe the Eagles will be hot for Wilson. So not only do they want to sign him, they also want to make sure he doesn't land with their division rivals. Can you say leverage for Wilson and his agent?