So Billy McMullen is no longer a Viking and Hank Baskett remains a member of the Eagles. Regulars on this blog are likely none too happy about this development. But don’t lose too much sleep. Baskett isn’t exactly turning into the Eagles’ version of Jerry Rice.
Signed as a rookie free agent out of New Mexico after the 2006 draft, Baskett was traded to the Eagles for McMullen in the middle of May that year. He proceeded to have a good training camp and stuck on the Philadelphia roster. Baskett caught 22 passes for 464 yards with two touchdowns in 16 games. McMullen caught 23 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games.
Baskett is going to make the team again but according to folks in Philly he might have lost his role as a slot receiver to Jason Avant, a fourth-round pick a year ago. In other words, Baskett is probably now the Eagles’ fourth receiver.
McMullen, by the way, does not have to go through the waiver process once he’s released so he can simply sign with another team.