Jul 312010

by Justin Adkins

Not looking to be outdone again by the Phillies, the Eagles have just made a trade of their own.  This one, however, does not involve players the caliber of Roy Oswalt or even JA Happ.

The Eagles have announced that linebacker Joe Mays has been traded to the Denver Broncos in exchange for running back JJ Arrington.  If Arrington doesn’t make the team out of camp, the Eagles would instead receive Denver’s sixth-round draft pick in 2011.

Arrington, a second-round pick of the Cardinals in 2005, has never lived up to expections.  He has rushed for a total of 654 yards and three touchdowns in four seasons.  He has caught 91 passes for 693 yards and two touchdowns over that same period. 

The 5-9, 212 lb tailback is coming off microfracture surgery, and combined with his overall average performance in the pros, it’s not even a 50/50 proposition that he makes the team.  If the Eagles feel that rookie sixth-round pick Charles Scott is ready to go post-camp, Arrington will most likely be gone.  Arrington’s best chance to make an impact may be returning kicks, where he’s averaged 23.6 yards per return and scored two touchdowns.

As for Joe Mays, he too was on the roster bubble.  With the return of Stewart Bradley, the trade to acquire Ernie Sims, and the recent drafting of Keenan Clayton and Jamar Chayney, there was a good chance the undersized but hard tackling Mays wouldn’t have made the final cut.

Mays flashed the ability to hit early on, and played well on Special Teams.  However, when pressed into action on the field, the sixth-round pick out of North Dakota State looked overmatched.

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