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News » Eagles - Eagle's Sheldon Brown an unhappy camper but ready to work


Eagles - Eagle's Sheldon Brown an unhappy camper but ready to work


Eagles - Eagle's Sheldon Brown an unhappy camper but ready to work
Sheldon Brown reported as promised yesterday evening for the Eagles' mandatory minicamp, which starts today.


The Birds' disaffected cornerback did not commit to showing for the voluntary camps later in the spring, though he pledged, "I'm going to be a pro, and play hard." He said he plans to be nothing but cordial to new corner Ellis Hobbs, who also spoke yesterday. Hobbs said he respects what Brown is going through, having left New England dissatisfied with his own contract.

Brown reiterated what he told the Daily News on Sunday, after a draft-day trade brought Hobbs to the Eagles from New England - that he knew there would be consequences when he publicized his request to be traded because of dissatisfaction with his contract, and that the prospect of being shunted aside, as Lito Sheppard was in the same situation a year ago, did not scare him.

"I knew the repercussions of everything before I did it. I'm ready for whatever," Brown said. "It's not going to weigh on my mind; my job is to play Football, and that's what I'm going to do . . . I just wanted the truth to be out there, and it's out there now."

Brown has said he went public after hearing that team president Joe Banner said in a radio interview that he was not aware of Brown's unhappiness with his contract, when Brown knew Banner was aware of it; Banner has suggested he gave that answer because he thought Brown wanted to keep the matter private.

Asked about participation in future organized team activities, Brown said: "I'm thinking about right now, what's going on right now. The past or the future, none of that really matters."

Brown said he has not spoken with Eagles coach Andy Reid since the controversy over his trade request began. Asked if he had spoken with Banner, who sharply criticized Brown for trying to get his contract redone with 4 years remaining, Brown said: "No comment."

Brown was asked if he thought the Eagles' decision not to redo his contract, and the team's decision not to trade him, was the work of Banner or Reid.

"I'm hoping it's a Joe decision. I've got a good relationship with coach Reid, and I have a lot of respect for coach Reid," he said.

He didn't seem to blame Reid for his situation.

"He's the head coach, he coaches," Brown said. "There's certain things he can't get involved in. I know that."

Brown said he figured the Eagles would get a corner somewhere after finally trading Sheppard to the Jets.

"I don't necessarily know they would have gotten Ellis [if Brown hadn't made waves], but they would have gotten somebody," he said.

Hobbs, a starter the past two seasons, said he wasn't aware of Brown's situation before the Sunday trade.

"Whatever's going on with both of us, [the situations] are totally different. His is his, and I have mine," Hobbs said. "I'm here to play Football, go out and show what I can do . . . One man's trash is another man's treasure. Somebody felt like it was time for me to move on [from New England]. Somebody else said the time is here, the time is now for me. I don't look at it like they're using me to [make a] statement. I see this as a window of opportunity."

Hobbs can be an unrestricted free agent after the season. He said he wasn't coming in with any sort of chip on his shoulder, with anything to prove.

"All I'm going to do is continue to prove I'm supposed to be here," said Hobbs, who turns 26 May 16. "I've been under the radar all my life - I wasn't supposed to play in college, in Division I [at Iowa State]. I wasn't supposed to be in the NFL . . . all these things, I've done time and time again by . . . being quiet, continuing to move on, and proving it time and time again where it counts, between the lines."

Brown, 30, has said similar things about himself. One of them will start alongside Asante Samuel, who started next to Hobbs with the Pats in 2007.

"I like him a lot," Brown said of Hobbs. "He seems like he's cut from the same cloth I am. Plays through injuries. Committed. I know he's a battler - he played for Bill [Belichick] . . . This is not about Sheldon or Ellis. If Ellis makes this Football team a better team, he needs to be on the Football field. I'd be the first to say that. This is about me and how I'm trying to handle my business. This has nothing to do with me and Ellis Hobbs."

Last year's cornerback intrigue ended with Sheppard on the bench for the NFC Championship Game; Sheppard, a two-time Pro Bowl performer, acknowledged he let the contract/trade problem affect his play. Brown said that would not happen to him.

"It's not hard for me to work under these conditions," he said. "I understand the business side of the game . . . I don't take it personal." *

For more Eagles coverage and opinion, read the Daily News' Eagles blog, Eagletarian, at www.eagletarian.com.



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