Monday, April 20, 2009

Here we go again: Sheldon Brown demands trade

Stop me if you've heard this one before: a cornerback for the Eagles is demanding a trade. No, Lito Sheppard hasn't found his way back on the team, this time it's Sheldon Brown who wants out. According to ESPN, Brown is frustrated with his contract and would like the Eagles to trade him to a team that is willing to give him a better deal. Brown does have a bit of a gripe because he is underpaid compared to what a cornerback of his talent should be making but he is under contract through 2012 following an extension he signed back in 2004. With that many years left on his deal he doesn't have any leverage to force his way out of town.

Just because Brown wants a trade doesn't mean the Eagles will trade him. In fact, reports have already surfaced that the Eagles have flatly denied Brown's request. It would be nice to hope that the Cardinals would want Brown and the Birds could take Anquan Boldin in return, but I don't see the Eagles even thinking about trying to move a young cornerback who costs them so little against the cap. Brown better get used to the idea of staying in Philly.

It's possible Brown is just bringing up this request now because he wants to pressure the Eagles into giving him a new deal. He sees that the Birds recently gave Brian Westbrook a new deal and they just signed Jason Peters, perhaps they would be willing to throw some money Brown's way? There is no way to know what the Eagles are thinking, but I think it's safe to say they won't be trading Sheldon Brown any time soon.

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