Ricky Watters, DeSean and power rankings
Links: Ricky Watters offers his take on Eagles fans. Two Birds make the cut on a list of the league's most underpaid players. And where the Eagles rank in a recently released set of power rankings.
Some links to get to on this Monday.
If you missed it over the weekend, I provided five thoughts on the Eagles' defense.
FoxSports.com's John Czarnecki has a list out of the 10 most underpaid players in the NFL. DeSean Jackson comes in at No. 9:
He isn't alone in this spot, because I easily could've mentioned the Cowboys' Miles Austin and Chargers' Vincent Jackson. Austin and Jackson have been offered restricted FA tenders of $3.1 million and $3.2 million, respectively, for this season. Jackson's set to earn $1.1 million, but he's also a fine return man and a great deep threat. He has three TDs as a returner and had nine receiving scores last season to go with 1,156 yards.
Another Eagle makes the list above Jackson - Trent Cole, who is No. 7:
Some may barf with a $4 million player on the list, but Cole's had 34 sacks over the last three seasons and is just hitting his prime. Really, is Julius Peppers worth $16 million more than Cole, who's also way behind Jared Allen and DeMarcus Ware, let alone DT Albert Haynesworth? The Eagles know what they're doing with Cole signed up long-term and MLB Stewart Bradley earning $550,000 this season. Philly would be lost without these two defenders.
A couple links to Rick Gosselin, national football write for The Dallas Morning News. The first takes a look at how many starters each NFL team lost in the offseason - either through trade, free agency, release or retirement. The Eagles lost five starters from a year ago. Only the Dolphins (6) and the Cardinals (7) lost more. I'm guessing the guys Gosselin is counting for the Birds are: Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook, Sheldon Brown, Chris Gocong and Will Witherspoon.
Westbrook, of course, was only a starter for seven games. And Gocong lost his starting job by the end of the season. By Gosselin's count, no team traded more starters (3) than the Eagles.
Gosselin also has his power rankings out. He's got the Eagles at No. 16:
Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook carried the Philadelphia offense most of the 2000 decade. Both are gone. Kevin Kolb replaces McNabb and LeSean McCoy takes over for Westbrook. Coach Andy Reid bolstered the rest of his roster with 13 draft picks, including elite pass rusher Brandon Graham and versatile safety Nate Allen.
He has the Cowboys at No. 2, the Giants at No. 13 and the Redskins 25th.
And finally, catching up with Ricky Watters. Frank Ward of The Daily Philadelphian got Watters' take on a couple different topics, including his fondest memory of Eagles fans.
"My fondest memory of Eagles fans is when I went to Seattle. I didn't know how I'd be received when I came back to play here," Watters said. "I got a great ovation and saw No. 32 jerseys through the stands. People after game told me how much they appreciated my years there. That's who they are as fans."
Watters, who attended the same high school (Bishop McDevitt in Harrisburg) as LeSean McCoy, said he's been impressed with the Eagles' second-year back and would like to help him out.
"I'd love to help him even more because when I was young, if I had a guy to give me tips and cut up some of film with (I'd have been even better)," Watters said. "I'd like to do that for him."