Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Not Peerless nor Peter - but Darnerian?

We obviously have a merry-go-round on which wide receiver will wind up with the Birds:

According to ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli, the Eagles are poised to add a veteran wide receiver to the roster, but it won't be Peerless Price or Peter Warrick, both of whom were released Tuesday by the Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals, respectively.

Instead, the Eagles huddled with veteran free agent Darnerian McCants on Wednesday, and plan to sign him after their Thursday preseason finale.

A club official said the team already has reached agreement in principle on a contract for McCants, but that he had a pass a physical exam and that there were a few other elements that had to be addressed. Additionally, coaches did not want to release a player currently on the Philadelphia roster, since McCants would not be up to speed enough to participate in Thursday's preseason game.

McCants, 27, was released by the Washington Redskins earlier this week. He is a player the Eagles staff likes, and has enjoyed some success against the Philadelphia defense, with 11 catches for 149 yards and one touchdown in four appearances. A fifth-round pick of the Redskins in the 2001 draft, McCants fell out of favor with the current Washington staff, but the Eagles feel he can provide a solid No. 4 presence.

Maybe the answer comes late Thursday or early Friday after the Jets game...

2 Comments:

At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Ace Pookie said...

out of the three "big name" receivers out there, i like him. i am interested to see how price will do if he goes to a real QB, however. (ouch, backhanded insult to Vick)

 
At 11:25 AM, Blogger GS Hill said...

The Eagles probably like his size, and the fact that he has ties to the Delaware Valley. He seems to pick up first downs well, so perhaps he is an experienced possession receiver to take Freddie Mitchell's place. I suspect that the reason the Eagles are waiting until Sunday is to see what other WRs get cut by teams who must pare down to the 53-man roster, and to see how well McMullen does in the final preseason. He and McMullen seem to have a lot of the same strengths, and McMullen has not yet flashed the brilliance that the Eagles had hoped to see him flash. McCants has performed well against Philadelphia. Perhaps he would do the same for Philadelphia. He certainly would be receiving passes from a more gifted QB than he has seen to date.

 

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