Earlier this morning, the Eagles announced that they had released DE/LB Alex Hall to make room for the newly-signed Nate Allen on the 80-man training camp roster. If you remember, Hall was the player acquired from the Cleveland Browns in the Sheldon Brown/Chris Gocong trade, wherein the Eagles also netted a fourth and fifth round draft pick in 2010. Those picks fittingly turned into CB Trevard Lindley and DE/LB Ricky Sapp.
In other words, if you boil it down, the Eagles swapped longtime (albeit disgruntled) starter Sheldon Brown and fringe starter Chris Gocong for two rookies in the same position. Let's hope they can fill the shoes of their predecessors, or this deal is going to look pretty foolish.
[Note by JasonB, 07/28/10 1:52 PM EDT ] Quote from Andy Reid on Hall's release.
"Well, you obviously go through the roster and see the guys that you feel don't quite fit in to what you are doing schematically. I think Alex Hall will be a very good outside linebacker in a 3-4 front. We worked him as a linebacker, and also worked him as a defensive end. After the evaluation we just felt like his best thing would probably be a 3-4, and I think Alex can definitely play in this league and be very successful, he's just got to get into the right situation."
More analysis after the jump.
When the trade actually went down we had speculated at BGN that Hall & Gocong were more or less throw ins that canceled each other out. Both were very athletic project type players that each team had given up on, but figured a change of scenery or system might do the trick for them.
Whether it was worth trading Sheldon Brown in the first place is up for debate, but when the trade went down we actually figured his worth to be right around a 4th rounder. So even with Hall’s release, the Eagles still got fair market value. Did they replace him adequately though? That remains to be seen.