Eventually, free agency will begin. When it does, Eagles coach Andy Reid says that his team will be ready to round up new players.
“We’ve got the plan together and it’s a good, aggressive plan,” Reid said in an item posted recently on the team’s website. “When they say go, we’re ready to go. It’s a matter of that time coming forward. We’ll attack what we feel is important. . . . We’ve got a pretty well-thought-out plan. It doesn’t really matter what the time is.”
To our knowledge, the comments didn’t get much attention when they were made. And we only found out about them because the Eagles have included them in an item known as “Eagles Xtra,” and advertisement-heavy e-mail blast that was sent to everyone on the list today, and that one of the recipients sent to us.
Thus, the fact that Reid said what he said perhaps isn’t as interesting as the fact that the Eagles felt compelled to point it out to a fan base that could be drifting from anger to apathy. What better way to keep them interested than to make promises?
Or, more accurately, to write a check. Whenever free agency starts, Philly fans are more than smart enough to bring the check to the bank window and demand that it be paid in tens, twenties, and one shiny new Nnamdi Asomugha.