They always say, I have good news and I have bad news. Which do you want to hear first? Why ruin the weekend...let's go with the good news.
The Eagles have rewarded Joselio Hanson with a new 5-year contract worth $21 million, $6 million of it guaranteed. The undrafted, short guy got himself a nice chunk of change. And if you ask this fan it is well deserved.
Hanson is an excellent cover corner, plays physical, and is one of the top nickel corners in the league. The Eagles' CB situation will continue to be a position of depth and strength in the 2009-'10 season (don't go forgetting Jack Ikegwuonu either).
If you want to see the skills of Hanson take a look at the Thanksgiving game against the Cardinals, which I viewed as his break out game.
OK, on to the bad news. The Eagles are going to get squat for Lito Sheppard now. The league knows the Eagles don't want him. The 2008 season saw Lito delegated to 4th on the CB depth chart and also lose playing time to a rookie (Demps) in the NFC Championship game.
The Eagles had a chance to get a trade of value last year for Sheppard. Rumors floated about a possible 2nd rounder, but definitely a 3rd rounder. Not great, but not bad for an injury prone CB with a major attitude problem. Instead of unloading Sheppard the Eagles got selfish and kept asking for more.
The result was an unhappy CB, a CB who never played up to his Pro Bowl potential, and now a player who will probably no longer bring a Day 1 draft pick in return.
Congrats to Hanson. Good Luck to Lito. And here's hoping a lesson was learned by the Banner boys.