Last week, Fanhouse did an article looking at the top free agents still on the market. A ton of names, but probably not much value in terms of production. One of the players listed was defensive tackle John Henderson, who was recently released by the Jaguars. Considered by Fanhouse the best free agent defensive lineman still on the market, the Eagles were listed as a possible destination for the two-time Pro Bowl selection.
Well, Henderson shouldn't schedule any trips to the City of Brotherly Love writes Jordan Raanan of Comcast SportsNet.
"While on paper the move makes some sense – at a generous 335 pounds, 'Big John' would give the line some bulk – the Eagles don't appear interested," Raanan wrote. "They have not had any contact with the free agent, according to an NFL source. Part of the reason is the Birds' high hopes for 2008 second-round pick Laws."
The Eagles have two outstanding starters in Brodrick Bunkley and Mike Patterson. Laws was inactive for most of 2009, but he's been praised for his work this off-season by general manager Howie Roseman. There's also Antonio Dixon, who took Laws' spot in the rotation and wasn't even with the team in training camp last year. Dixon is expected to improve with an off-season in the team's conditioning program. And the Eagles drafted Jeff Owens from Georgia, who had the second-most reps in the bench press out of all participants at the Scouting Combine with 44.
Don't forget that the Eagles move their pass rushers inside on third down.
In an off-season where the Eagles have stressed youth on the defensive side of the football, picking up the experienced Henderson doesn't seem to follow the script.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 7:45 p.m., May 10