Holding pattern. No announcements. Kind of right where we left off on Friday night, the Eagles have fluid situations in so many areas right now. To get you caught up ...
- According to reports, safety Brian Dawkins did not come to a contract agreement with Denver. He is reportedly still in Denver, but there is no deal officially worked out. The way this crazy start to free agency has gone, I'm not even sure how to confirm an official deal. So here is my check: Nothing about Dawkins on DenverBroncos.com, if that means anything. Now, the "nothing official" reports contradict the "Dawkins signs" reports that hit the Internet late on Friday night. Too much media. Too many people trying to get the story out first, when the story hasn't even been completed. Anyway, we're obviously monitoring the Dawkins story very closely on this Saturday.
- Offensive tackle Stacy Andrews is scheduled to meet the Philadelphia media at 11:45 a.m., and we will cover that on Eagles Live! starting at 11 a.m. Let's hope by then that Andrews has a signed deal in place. I met him briefly on Friday night and was impressed by how large he is, how broad his shoulders are and how much I think he will dwarf younger brother Shawn when they stand next to each other. Stacy is a well-spoken, very nice young man who, if this all comes together and his knee tests well and he continues to work hard in his rehab, he is going to be a perfect addition to the offensive line at right tackle.
- Meanwhile, there is nothing new on the reports that surfaced on Friday night that the Jets are poised to acquire cornerback Lito Sheppard. NFL Network's Adam Schefter reported that New York would send the Eagles a fifth-round draft pick in 2009, plus a conditional pick that could range from a fourth-round pick to a second-round pick in 2010 based on Sheppard's performance this season. Stay tuned on that one.
- Nothing to report on any other scheduled visits for the Eagles. Andrews is the focus, at least the one out front. I'm sure there are a bunch of things working behind the scenes.
- In case you missed it, running back Correll Buckhalter signed with Denver and safety Sean Considine signed with Jacksonville. Good luck to both of those players.
- Tight end L.J. Smith has reportedly drawn interest from Atlanta and is reportedly scheduling visits for the upcoming week. I wonder what the market will bear for him then.
- Offensive tackle Jon Runyan, the sixth Eagles unrestricted free agent, is continuing to recover from knee surgery. He won't be ready to show where he is physically to teams until June, or thereabouts.
And that's it. It's a mouthful. It's a lot ot think about during an opening-bell weekend in free agency that wasn't supposed to be quite this active. The Eagles have a chance to get themselves a player they think can dominate at right tackle, a young, rising talent. They are very much aware of Dawkins and his story. The Sheppard situation is alive.
And we're here on the edge of our seats, waiting for the next turn of events. Stay tuned.