Sunday, July 30, 2006

Eagles Should Trade For Porter

BETHLEHEM, PA -- He has never made the Pro Bowl, never had a 1,000-yard season and supposedly has that diva quality that infests many of the top NFL wide receivers. That all said, Jerry Porter would look good in an Eagles uniform.
He is unhappy in Oakland, where Randy Moss is still the boss of the receiving corps. Porter just turned 28. He has good speed and over the past two years has averaged 70 receptions for 970 yards and seven TDs.
If you're the Eagles wouldn't you take these numbers in a heartbeat?
Oakland has asked for two first round draft choices for Porter. That is a high price and that is why there are negotiations. For a player like Porter in a position of such dire need for the Eagles, sending a No. 1 and No. 3 (in different years) wouldn't seem so bad.
Last year Terrell Owens, who had 47 receptions for 763 yards and six TDs. He led the Eagles in receiving yards and receiving TDs, while not playing the final nine games.
That was a lot of production and the Eagles never came close to making up for his absence on the field. Off of it, is a different story.
Now Reggie Brown is penciled as the No. 1 receiver. Brown, who is currently hobbled with a hamstring injury, should turn out to be a very good NFL receiver.
Yet there is nothing wrong with keeping him as a No. 2 receiver in his second year. Porter would take a tremendous amount of pressure off Brown.
And he would give the Eagles a dependable receiver opposite of Brown, something they can't say they have at the moment.
There are people who are worried that Porter would be a T.O. clone, but nobody is a like T.O, in either attitude or talent.
Porter is worth the gamble. If not, teams will concentrate their efforts on stopping Brian Westbrook and Reggie Brown in the passing game and dare to allow somebody else to beat them. Right now there doesn't appear to be anybody else who can do this on a consistent basis.
Porter would bring much needed talent and his presence could mean the difference between making the playoffs and sitting out another postseason.


At 7:40 AM, Blogger said...


Consipracy theory: Pinkston's arms look bigger, his calves look thicker, like he has put on 15 pounds of muscle. His head and neck look like he has put on weight. Is it out of the realm of possibilities that Pinkston would juice a bit in the off season to help get his body back in shape, put on muscle that he sorely lacked and now as a result of the quick muslce build up, he achilles and feet are reacting poorly to the weight gain and stress on the tendons?

And if it seems laughable this theory, ask yourself if you were Todd and Ricky Manning Jr roughed you up and you were now 29 in this organization, would you look to build some more size?

At 8:04 AM, Blogger Z said...

Marc, I seem to recall similar arguments being made for the Eagles to acquire Terrell Owens. The talent and football capability can affect fans like crack to an addict. But just like crack, the immediate high comes with a steep price.

I hope we have learned our lesson with these childish piranhas with an insatiable need to feed their ego. I worry about having another season destroyed by Porter who also brings Owens-like baggage along with "less than T.O." capability. And, two number 1's.... that is laughable.

I hope we have learned our lesson and don't make another T.O. mistake again.

At 4:41 PM, Blogger Stewart Bushman said...

A first and a third for Porter? For a diva without even a single 1000-yard season? Not a chance. He's not worth more than a 2nd and a 3rd, tops.

At 11:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to the Eagles, Porter is primarily a slot receiver. They don't need Porter since they consider him a slot receiver, and they feel as though they are strong at that position with Gaffney and Lewis as their top candidates.

At 12:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eagles should make a move for Ashley Lelie if Todd Pinkston can't recover to 95% or higher. What keeps him on the team is his deep threat ability. Now, if Pinkston were to not be able to regain his speed, the Eagles should get on the phones and think about trading a 4th round pick, and a few additional players to Demver for their disgruntled reciever.


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