Eagles' slugging percentage dips in free agency

Pardon all the baseball references on the blog recently. Apparently that's what happens when your boyhood team reaches the World Series for the first time in 39 years -- and then allows Derek Holland to walk three straight Giants hitters on 13 pitches. OK, sorry for that diversion ...

Even though it's the Philadelphia Eagles' bye week, Daily News NFL columnist Paul Domowitch found the time to emasculate the club's front office for swinging and mostly missing on its 14 most significant free agency signings and trade acquisitions over the past two years. Since Eagles general manager Howie Roseman seems to churn his roster more than other NFC East teams, it makes sense that he'll have more strikeouts than some of his peers. Domowitch says that quarterback Michael Vick and fullback Leonard Weaver are the only acquisitions who have stood out over the past two seasons. Vick's the starting quarterback and Weaver was excellent in 2009 before suffering a season-ending knee injury in Week 1 of this season.

Here's what Domowitch had to say about the trade and subsequent lucrative contract extension for left tackle Jason Peters:

"Left tackle Jason Peters hardly has proven to be worth the millions the Eagles threw at him last year when they acquired him from the Bills. Maybe that will change. Maybe he'll come back from his recent knee clean-out and be the player the Eagles hoped he would be. But considering his questionable work ethic and motor, I seriously doubt it."

I agree with him on the trade for Peters. Based on what the player's being paid (six years, $60 million) and what the club gave up for him (28th overall pick), he's been a bust for the Eagles. But with players such as starting linebacker Ernie Sims and key backup defensive end Darryl Tapp, you have to look at what the Eagles gave up to acquire them. If Tapp can continue to pressure the quarterback on a normal basis, I think he can justify Philadelphia's decision to give up a fourth-round pick and Chris Clemons. The Eagles gave up a 2010 fifth-round pick for Sims, who was coming off an injury-filled season with the Detroit Lions. Sims is starting for the Eagles and he's young enough (25) that he could stick with the team for another three years or so if Andy Reid and Roseman want to sign him to an extension.

I don't think giving up fourth and fifth-round picks for players who can make key contributions immediately is a bad thing. On the other side of the ledger, Domowitch has a point on running back Mike Bell. If you truly needed a back who could catch the ball out of the backfield, why was Bell ever in the mix?

Roseman said recently that you're "not going to bat 1.000 in this business." And he's right. But over the past two seasons, the Eagles have played a lot of small ball with their free-agent signings and trade acquisitions. We'll see if that eventually pays off.

I do know that we haven't seen Billy Beane's team in the playoffs much lately.