Evaluating the Philadelphia Eagles’ 2008 and Assessing 2009: Tight End

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Published: March 28, 2009

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... /> Ever since the rise in popularity of the West-Coast Offense in the '80s and '90s, everyone has heard the notion of how important the tight end position is.

Interestingly, since Chad Lewis retired after the 2004 season, the Eagles haven’t really had one.

One of the most curious decisions of Andy Reid’s career had to be the franchising of L.J. Smith. Smith was coming off of a terrible 2007 season, and 2008 was really no better.

In 12 starts, he had no games with more than 49 receiving yards and six games with less than 20 yards.  Four times he had one reception or less. Smith averaged a paltry 8.1 yards per reception.

Last year, Smith earned an average of the top five tight end salaries in the league.  Even if the $4.5 million was spread over the...

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