Didn’t see this one coming. Just a few days after releasing him, the Eagles have brought back Joselio Hanson, re-signing him to a two-year contract. This per Twitter, et al.
The Eagles chose to release Hanson on this past Saturday’s cut down day, likely after no one offered any type of draft pick for the veteran corner. He’s obviously been out on the market all week without signing elsewhere, and now the Eagles have opted to bring him in from the proverbial cold.
On the surface it makes sense. We’d said already that looking at the cornerback depth behind the Big Three of Nnamdi Asomugha, Asante Samuel, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was a little scary, but the prevailing theory was that the Eagles would never pay a dime back what Hanson was making. It’s likely this new deal is for just a bit less.
The more ominous part of the deal though is that this is possibly a sign of more moves to come, with the Big Three maybe becoming the Precious Pair. It’s unlikely the Eagles are trading Samuel for Patrick Willis or even Lance Briggs, but someone else may have made an offer that made sense, so the Eagles moved quickly to hedge their bets at the nickel spot.
Of course, it could also mean that they got cold feet regarding Trevard Lindley or Brandon Hughes seeing the field in any way, so one of them could be headed out of town shortly. The Eagles probably feel similar hesitancy with rookie Curtis Marsh but it’s highly unlikely they will give up on the third round pick at this point.
So stay tuned on this one. No word yet on a corresponding roster move. If a trade is going to be made it likely will be after the Eagles have already cut someone to make room for Hanson. Unless a deal will be announced later today.
Also, we’ll have to see if Ronnie Brown gives up his newly acquired 21. Maybe 22 will be soon be open…
UPDATE: So much for that Asante trade. The Eagles have released cornerback Trevard Lindley, a fourth-round pick in 2010, to make room for Hanson.