No team can negotiate or meet with free agents or schedule minicamps due to the NFL lockout, but that doesn't mean teams can't begin preparing for their 2011 offseason activities. Eagles head coach Andy Reid told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he and GM Howie Roseman have created a plan for whenever free agency starts.
"Howie and I got the plan together," Reid said. "It's a good, aggressive plan. When they say go, we're ready to go. It's just a matter of that time coming forward."
That aggressive plan could indicate the team would like to trade QB Kevin Kolb or sign CB Nnamdi Asomugha, two of the most talked about players on the market. The Eagles finished 10-6 last season to win the NFC East, but lost in the wild-card round of the playoffs to the Packers.
The lockout is altering Reid and his fellow coaches' offseason plans. Free agency won't begin until June at the earliest and there's no telling when exactly the league year to begin. Because of that, the Eagles coach said he told his assistants to be careful this offseason.
"The coaches know that vacation this year will be a little bit different," Reid said to the newspaper. "You don't want to be taking camel rides in the Sahara Desert. You don't want to be doing those this year. Save those for another year and stay close within striking distance and you can come in here for a given time to knock out a three-day minicamp. All we have to do is put a date on it. We already got it written up, drawn up, [and] the books are ready."
The way we see it
Every NFL team has created an offseason plan, but so far, the Eagles are the only ones to say they are going to be aggressive. The Kolb rumors have been circulating ever since the playoff loss to Green Bay and nobody would be shocked if Philly was one of the teams in a bidding war for Asomugha. Many head coaches have expressed recently they are frustrated by this lockout, and Reid is no different.