Thursday, March 11, 2010

Eagles to bring in Fargas, Baskett for visits; is Tomlinson next?

It looks like business is starting to pick up for the Eagles. Fresh off the signing of Marlin Jackson yesterday, the Eagles have announced that two more free agents will come to Philly for a visit on Friday: RB Justin Fargas and WR Hank Baskett.

Fargas is a 7 year NFL veteran, having spent all of his years in Oakland. He has put up pretty solid numbers throughout his career, including a 1,000 yard rushing season in 2007. He was non-tendered by the Raiders after they said he failed a physical, so there are certainly come physical issues surrounding him but Fargas would be a solid backup running back if healthy. He might not be a great fit with the Eagles since he doesn't have great hands out of the backfield but if the Birds want a veteran who is more than willing to share the load with LeSean McCoy, Fargas could be their guy. Oh, and Fargas is the son of Huggy Bear from the original Starsky and Hutch, so there's that.

As for Baskett, his visit with the Eagles might simply be to sign a contract. The Eagles know Baskett and he knows the offense so there probably isn't much to discuss between the team and player. Look for a Baskett signing announcement to come tomorrow. With the recent trade of Reggie Brown, Baskett would slot in as the 5th receiver on the depth chart.

If those two names don't excite you, Peter King is reporting on Twitter that former NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson is considering a visit to the Eagles sometime in the near future. Tomlinson recently wrapped up his visit with the Vikings and is looking for other teams to visit and Philly is believed to be on his list. While Jeff McLane of the Inquirer reports that there is no visit set up between the Eagles and L.T., Tomlinson would be a perfect backup running back for the Eagles if he was willing to take a lowball contract and have only a limited number of carries. With better opportunities in the league where L.T. would get more money and playing time, don't count on him signing with the Eagles even if a visit is arranged.

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