The Eagles made an important decision on Thursday when they announced that they had placed a first-round tender on restricted free agent cornerback Ellis Hobbs.
But the Eagles could have another conundrum on the horizon regarding a trade and it doesn't involve the quarterback position. Michael Lombardi of the National Football Post and NFL Network put this interesting item in his Sunday notes column: "I wonder why no teams have made a move on corners Ellis Hobbs or Sheldon Brown of the Eagles. Hobbs has a first-round tender on him but could be had for less. Once Leigh Bodden signs, I expect the trade market for these corners to heat up ..."
Brown has been a rock at the cornerback position since he took over as a full-time starter in 2004. A second-round pick of the Eagles in 2002, Brown has helped continue the tradition of outstanding cornerback play in Philadelphia.
Hobbs was acquired for a pair of draft picks from the New England Patriots during last year's draft. An excellent kickoff returner, Hobbs was also a valuable reserve filling in at both outside cornerback positions last year before he suffered a season-ending neck injury in November.
If the Eagles were to deal either of these cornerbacks, they still have three-time Pro Bowl selection Asante Samuel. They also have Joselio Hanson, who needs to bounce back from a disappointing 2009, Dimitri Patterson and Geoffrey Pope.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 1:53 p.m., March 7