PFT Report: Three-way trade sends Ernie Sims to Philly

19 04 2010

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on April 19, 2010 11:41 AM ET
An offseason full of big-name trades has added another significant deal to the mix.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports on a three-way trade between the Eagles, Broncos, and Lions. Linebacker Ernie Sims will land in Philadelphia, while tight end Tony Scheffler goes to the Lions.

PFT’s Mike Florio reports that the Broncos will get a fifth-round pick from the Eagles. Denver will send a seventh-round pick to the Lions.

It’s not a great deal for the Broncos, who wanted a third-round pick for their promising young tight end. Instead, they essentially dumped Scheffler to move up two rounds on the draft’s third day.

The move also shows how down the Lions were on Sims’ long-term prospects.

UPDATE: Here’s a look at what we learned from this trade.

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Birds Trade Two Starters

2 04 2010

Earlier this week, we mentioned that a Chris Gocong trade might be upcoming. We didn’t know Sheldon Brown would be packaged along with him. The Philadelphia Eagles have officially announced that both men have been traded to the Cleveland Browns for LB Alex Hall and a 4th (#105 overall) and 5th (137th overall) in the upcoming 2010 NFL draft.

Their official release states…

“Sheldon Brown has been a very good football player for the Eagles over the last eight years,”” said head coach Andy Reid. “He’s a good person, a legitimate tough guy and he’ll do a good job helping the Browns. Chris did a good job converting from defensive end to linebacker and helped us win a lot of football games. We wish both of them all of the best.”

Added general manager Howie Roseman, “Sheldon and Chris have been nothing but professionals on and off the field during their tenure in Philadelphia and we wish them all the best as they continue their careers in Cleveland. Alex Hall is a big, athletic linebacker who we’ve had our eyes on over the last couple of years and he’ll have a chance to compete at the SAM linebacker spot.”

The 6-5, 250-pound Hall played in 30 games (2 starts) for the Cleveland Browns and recorded 30 tackles and three sacks, while adding 18 stops on special teams. His sacks came in three consecutive games during the early portion of his rookie campaign of 2008. Hall was a 7th round draft choice of the Browns.

A native of Springdale, MD, Hall finished as the all-time leader in sacks at St. Augustine’s College with 26. He also posted 156 total tackles, including 51 for a loss, four fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble.

With the acquisition of Cleveland’s two picks, the Eagles now have 10 total selections in this year’s draft: 1st round (24th overall), 2nd round (55), 3rd round (70, from Seattle), 3rd round (87), 4th round (105, from Cleveland), 4th round (121), 5th round (137, from Cleveland), 6th round (200, from Indianapolis), 7th round (243, compensatory pick), and 7th round (244, compensatory pick).”

PCPTAKE: Couldn’t care less about Gocong but The Birds should have been able to fetch more for Brown.





Polanco: One Of Worst Offseason Acquisitions?

2 04 2010

Tim Dierkes of mlbtraderumors.com lists Placido Polanco as one of the 10 worst signings of the offseason. Writes Dierkes…

“Placido Polanco, Phillies: three years, $18MM. I’d have no beef with a one-year deal in the $5-6MM range, as that’d fit with contracts signed by comparable free agent infielders. The Phillies tacked on two more years for the 34-year-old Polanco, with plan to make him a regular third baseman for the first time since 2002.”

PCPTAKE: We’d have to agree with this assessment. With Chone Figgins available this offseason, awarding the 34 year old Polanco a 3 year $18MM contract didn’t make much sense. It’s likely that Polanco will end up as a utility player off the bench by the time this deal expires.