Feb 8, 2008
By designating free agent TE L.J. Smith as their Franchise Player, I think the Eagles are already showing their hand for 2008.
Many expected Smith to be gone, and perhaps he should be gone, but if they let him go they were bound to be downgraded at the position. By locking him down for at least one more year, it’s clear now the Eagles are going to make another run with their core group. That means, barring a trade offer that completely knocks their socks off, QB Donovan McNabb should be back in the saddle as the starter this year. Heck, if the team can bring in another useful receiver, this offense should be in great shape, and it should produce a few excellent fantasy options.
I wasn’t worried enough, in retrospect, about McNabb’s knee this past year, but I was worried about the potential loss of Smith. He’s just above average in the grand scheme of things, but I worried about the team not having a threat, and a vertical threat, in the middle of the field. Smith was a shell of his former self all year, and the Eagle offense was missing a key element.
Now, with Smith back, with McNabb definitely healthier, and with possibly another playmaker added at receiver, this offense could be poised for a quick rebound.