The Eagles finally landed a linebacker, and the price was right. Going to Buffalo: Darwin Walker and a conditional 2008 draft pick, coming to the Eagles Takeo Spikes and Kelly Holcomb.
So, for one of their 50 defensive tackles, the Eagles got a hard-hitting playmaker to slide right into the strong-side linebacker slot, and a third-string QB with starting experience. This is more like it.
Eagles fans, myself included, had been less-than-impressed with the team’s failure to address the key weaknesses on the team, namely run defense. This news will have me sleeping a little easier tonight.
This signing means more to the 2007–2008 Eagles than the departure of Rod Hood, Michael Lewis, Shawn Barber, Jeff Garcia and even Donte Stallworth combined. The Eagles needed to get more stout in the front seven, and they accomplished that today.
I don’t know if it’s a coincidence that the huge impact move of the off season happened only days after Andy Reid returned from his hiatus, and I don’t really care. This is a huge step in the right direction, and it’s about time.