The Eagles let William James do a short version of the Prodigal Son. He went off on his own, visited a few teams, but fnally wandered back to Philadelphia. James and the Eagles signed a one-year deal for James to return to the Birds in 2007.
James may have figured that his best shot at more playing time was right in Philadelphia. He'll come in to camp with the job of nickel cornerback pretty well wrapped up and could see himself getting even more playing time if anything were to happen to Lito Sheppard or Sheldon Brown. The former New York Giant saw some playing time late in the season with the Eagles and is making a comeback from a back injury. He also suffered some injuries during his time with the Eagles and wasn't able to stay on the field for any consistent length of time. Injury issues are likely the main reason why James was unable to find a better opportunity somewhere else.
While James was signing his deal, the Eagles were playing host to wide receiver Kevin Curtis and linebacker Ryan Fowler.
The Eagles are definitely interested in Curtis, who has backed up Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce in his time with the Rams. Now, Curtis is looking for more playing time and a chance to win. The Eagles might offer him both. The first thing Curtis has to do though is hire an agent. He expects to do that this weekend and then start evaluating all of the possibilities. He's visited with a few NFL teams and has reportedly received pretty good sized offers from the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions. The New York Giants are also interested in signing him as well. Whether or not the Eagles will want to throw around the kind of money that Curtis may want isn't clear, but they certainly offer him the chance to play with a better team than in Minnesota or Detroit.
As for Fowler, he may be more interested in the Eagles than they are in him. The restricted free agent linebacker wants to be an NFL starter and he would like for that opportunity to come in Philadelphia. Fowler played his college ball at Duke and has been with the Cowboys, who signed him as an undrafted free agent. The Eagles do have an interest in Fowler and may give him an offer sheet to see what happens. Fowler was open about what he wants, saying that while he loves Dallas, he wants a better opportunity and hopes that if the Eagles do make him an offer, the Cowboys won't match. Fowler also thought that he would be a good fit for the Eagles and looks forward to a potential deal with them.
Meanwhile, the Eagles continue to weigh their options on other free agents. There was nothing new on Donte Stallworth or Correll Buckhalter on Friday. The two are the biggest Eagles free agents on the market and they're thought to have offered Stallworth a deal, but not for the kind of money that he was reported to be looking for. Buckhalter hasn't received an offer from the Birds, but they do have an interest in having him back, but they're also exploring other options.