The Philadelphia Eagles have been the subject of NFL rumors lately with their search for a second tight end to line up on the other side of Brent Celek. Visanthe Shiancoe came in for a visit earlier this week and Jeremy Shockey is expected in on Wednesday.
Shiancoe also recently visited the New England Patriots but left without a deal. Neither Shiancoe or Shockey has drawn much interest this offseason which is surprising given the new role the tight end is starting to play in offenses around the NFL. Shockey has had a bit of an up and down career. He wore out his welcome with the New York Giants after he broke his leg in 2007. He was traded to the New Orleans Saints before moving on to the Carolina Panthers. Last season, in 15 games, Shockey had 37 catches for 455 yards, and 4 TD’s. Twenty-four of his 37 catches went for a first down. Interestingly, Shockey has never played more than 15 games in a season throughout his ten-year career.
The Eagles are in need of depth at tight end. They signed undrafted University of Miami (FL) tight end Chase Ford but who knows what he will be able to contribute this season, if anything. They also have Clay Harbor and Brett Brackett but Brackett spent much of last season on the practice squad and Harbor, a fourth round draft pick of the Eagles in 2010, had only 13 catches for 163 yards and one score. The Eagles need depth and they need ability.
Shockey certainly has a very nice resume, but is clearly not the same player he was when he was with the Giants. However, the Eagles wouldn’t need Shockey to be that same guy. Celek is a very good tight end and Michael Vick has two excellent receivers in Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson so the offense wouldn’t need a huge contribution from Shockey, if he is signed..
The Eagles need some depth at tight end and Shockey and Shiancoe are the two best free agent tight ends still out there. It certainly wouldn’t hurt if they brought either one in as the second tight end.