The Philadelphia Eagles are looking to some veteran tight end talent to possibly add depth to the position on the team.
On Tuesday, the Birds will work out 32-year old free agent Visanthe Shiancoe, who spent five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings and before that four seasons with the New York Giants. Shiancoe has 243 career receptions for 2,677 yards and 27 touchdowns. His numbers are the tenth-highest for active tight ends.
According to reports, the Birds will then turn their eyes to another veteran tight end who also spent time with the Giants. Philadelphia will give Jeremy Shockey, 31, a physical sometime next week to see where he is after years of knee problems. Coincidentally, Shiancoe backed up Shockey on the Giants from 2003-2006. Shockey has 547 receptions for 6,143 yards and 37 touchdowns in 10 seasons with the Giants, Saints and most recently the Panthers. He ranks sixth in NFL history among tight ends in catches.
Brent Celek had a big season for Philadelphia in 2011, pulling in 5 TDs for the team and totaling 62 receptions for 811 yards.
But the Eagles are clearly seeking to add depth to the position with the workout of Shiancoe and upcoming physical of Shockey. Clay Harbor goes into Lehigh as the anticipated #2, but after two lackluster seasons for the team (235 yards and 2 touchdowns total) the Birds likely feel the need to light a fire beneath him and increase the level of competition. Rookie Chase Ford out of Miami will fight for a spot, and Brett Brackett will try to prove his worth after spending the latter half of last year on Philadelphia’s practice squad.
UPDATE: Well, that didn’t last long. Shiancoe worked out with New England on Friday and signed with the Patriots on Tuesday.
The timeframe for a physical for Jeremy Shockey is up in the air. Reports have ranged from stating that the Birds would meet with Shockey next week, to this Wednesday, to now being “on hold.”