The Philadelphia Eagles are all set with their starting tight end position with Brent Celek, but that is not preventing them from possibly bringing in a couple of veterans to help solidify the rest of the roster.
The Eagles worked out former Minnesota Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe to possibly come in as a back-up to Celek, as the team may plan on using a few two tight end sets in 2012. It would be something new to them, but after seeing just how well it worked for teams such as the New England Patriots, it is certainly a possibility.
Yet even after working out Shiancoe, the Eagles may bring in another former New York Giants tight end, who more recently played with the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers in Jeremy Shockey. Once thought to come in for a physical as soon as today or tomorrow, Shockey will now have to wait a bit to come in as the team decides whether or not they wish to offer a contract to Shiancoe.
As recently as the past two seasons, both Shiancoe and Shockey were very productive tight ends in the NFL. In fact, they were a big part of both of their teams’ offenses when the Saints and Vikings met in the NFC Championship Game in in 2010. Shockey had a quite game in a big New Orleans win, but Shiancoe had become a favorite target of Brett Favre on offense.
But now, both are struggling to even receive an offer to make a team in 2012.
The Eagles have no problem with players who speak their mind, as evidenced by Vince Young calling Philadelphia a Dream Team last year, and Michael Vick proclaiming they could have a dynasty in the making starting this season. With other players such as Desean Jackson, colorful personalities clearly are a big part of this locker room.
I suppose that is why Shiancoe and Shockey are being considered as the next signing.
We all know that both of them are more than capable of making an interview highlight reel at any given moment.