Eagles Reportedly Had Interest in Boldin
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Receiver is obviously not one of the Eagles' strongest positions and perhaps that's why the organization made a play to bring in a 35-year-old veteran.
According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, Philadelphia showed real interest in signing accomplished veteran Anquan Boldin before the three-time Pro Bowl selection agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions on Tuesday.
The current Eagles' depth chart is very thin at the position with the only proven commodities being Jordan Matthews and inconsistent free-agent pickup Rueben Randle.
From there Philadelphia hopes 2015 first-round pick Nelson Agholor can put his awful freshman season and his recent legal troubles behind him to become a contributor, while Chris Givens is expected to stretch the field as a deep threat. Josh Huff will likely be spending most of his time as a kick returner under the new regime and veteran T.J. Graham is on the bubble.
Of the undrafted rookies, 6-foot-3 Cayleb Jones looks the part but lacks suddenness off the line of scrimmage while both Xavier Rush and Hunter Sharpe had a case of the dropsies on Tuesday.
That said Boldin hardly seems like a fit in South Philadelphia because the Eagles need help outside the numbers to make opposing defenses back off and the former Florida State star is more of a move-the-chains, possession type receiver, something the the team already has with Matthews.
His age (Boldin will be 36 in October) also isn't a fit for a team building for the future with Carson Wentz and this could be another indication of Jeffrey Lurie getting more involved in the day-to-day operations of his football team because this reeks of the tortured Lurie-fueled plan of trying to serve two masters, staying relevant this season while rebuilding in an attempt to get to Wentz up to speed.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen