Cornerback Sheldon Brown wants out.
The Eagles corner stated on ESPN Monday that despite having four years left on his contract with the Eagles, he feels “like it has been a total lack of respect” since he is due to make a base salary of $2 million this season, part of a contract extension he signed in 2004 that would keep him with the team through 2012.
The Eagles have spoken out, and have quickly told those that will listen that Brown is not going anywhere. They released the following statement that Brown’s request for a trade is not going to happen:
“It’s very unfortunate and counterproductive that Sheldon has chosen to go public with his feelings about his situation. After thorough evaluation by himself and discussions with his family and agents, he chose to accept an extension of his rookie contract early that provided his family financial security for the rest of his life. It removed any concerns about health or performance that all other players in his draft class had to worry about. He has three years remaining on that contract and, after taking the signing bonus and his first two years of salary into account, we feel that Sheldon is being paid fairly. Focusing only on a player’s salary for a given year is not a valid analysis.
“There have been league MVP’s, Super Bowl champion quarterbacks, and perennial Pro Bowlers who have been in a similar situation. All of their teams have required them to wait until their contract expired or there was only one year remaining before any adjustment took place. It is only in the most extraordinary, in fact, less than a handful of circumstances in the last ten years that any players two new years into a contract with three years left have been adjusted. We don’t think this qualifies as an extraordinary circumstance.
“Sheldon’s comments under the circumstances actually serve to devalue him in a trade if we were willing to consider it; which we are not.”
Brown was the teams second-round draft pick in 2002, and he has 14 interceptions and seven sacks over 112 games during his career in which he has never missed a game.