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Weaver, Cole On ESPN's All-Restricted Free Agent Team

Leonard Weaver has earned his fair share of awards this season. In addition to his first Pro Bowl nomination, Weaver earned first-team All-Pro honors from The Associated Press.

However, this is one all-star team that he probably didn't want to be a part of.

ESPN's Len Pasquarelli took a look at the 212 players who in a normal year would be set to become unrestricted free agents, but because of the uncapped year will only become restricted free agents on March 5. Pasquarelli constructed an all-star team out of these players and it's a pretty impressive squad.

Weaver and center Nick Cole are the two Eagles who were named to the squad.

"You play your career and set certain targets for yourself, and the four-year (seniority mark) is almost like a Holy Grail to most," Weaver told ESPN. "And then you get to it, and it's taken away from some people. It's almost like hitting the (finish) line, and then they stretch the tape a yard or two further."

Weaver was an unrestricted free agent last year because he had four years of NFL experience. He signed a one-year deal with the Eagles and had a career-high 323 rushing yards to go along with 140 receiving yards and four total touchdowns, which also was a career high. Weaver hoped to prove himself and be an unrestricted free agent once again, but unless there's an extension of the Collective Bargaining Agreement by players will need six years of NFL service to be an unrestricted free agent.

However, it's not like Weaver wants to leave. He said time and time again throughout the season how much he loved playing in Philadelphia and for the fans.

The Eagles have until March 4 to place a one-year tender on their restricted free agents. If there is no extension of the CBA, Weaver and Cole will be among the Eagles' 10 restricted free agents. Eight of them would have been unrestricted free agents in a normal year.

This off-season will certainly not be a typical one for the NFL.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 2:40 p.m., February 13

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