Saturday, February 21, 2009

See you later, Lito: Eagles sign Joselio Hanson to 5 year deal

It looks like the Eagles will finally be getting rid of Lito Sheppard. Nickel cornerback Joselio Hanson, who stepped up big time last year as the Birds dealt with the disgruntled Lito, signed a 5 year deal with the Eagles worth 21 million. Hanson is coming off his best season where he had lots of big hits and his first career interception. While this may seem like a lot of money for a third string cornerback, Hanson has proven himself to be a valuable member of the Eagles secondary.

This move should signify the end of Lito Sheppard with the Eagles. With Asante Samuel and Sheldon Brown locked in as starters, there is no room on the team for four cornerbacks making big money, so I would expect the Eagles to trade Lito in the near future. They probably won't get much for Sheppard, but getting anything at this point is a bonus.

The Eagles screwed up in not trading Lito Sheppard when he had more value, but the emergence of Hanson has forced the Eagles hand. Let the speculation for where Lito will end up, and what the Birds will get in return, begin.

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