Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Eagles draft prep news roundup

-Compiled by John McMullen

The Chicago Sun-Times' Brad Biggs is reporting that the Eagles attended a private workout by Wheaton College LB/DE Andy Studebaker last Friday.

John Murphy, of Yahoo! Sports was saying the Eagles were a dark horse team that jumped in the mix for the services of All-Pro defensive end Jared Allen. The team was looking to send CB Lito Sheppard and a package of draft picks to the Kansas City Chiefs, who ended up trading the elite pass rusher to Minnesota for a first round pick and a pair of third round picks.The Vikings then promptly made Allen the highest paid defensive player in NFL history with over $30 million in guaranteed money.

I checked with my old running buddies in Minneapolis and the Eagles did indeed offer Sheppard and a number of picks but the Chiefs wouldn't even consider a deal that didn't include a first-rounder.

Elsewhere, The Tampa Tribune's Roy Cummings gives us the earth-shattering news that the Birds are looking to trade Sheppard in return for a second and possibly fifth-round draft pick. That's a long way away from Allen, Larry Fitzgerald and Roy Williams.

Finally, ESPN's Chris Mortensen says the Eagles have been assured that Bengals WR Chad Johnson is not available via trade and that the team has turned its attention to Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin. Obviously Sheppard would be involved in any such deal but the Cardinals have said that they are not willing to trade Boldin either.

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