Could Reggie White be a Philadelphia Eagle again?
The Eagles aren't ruling it out, and coach Andy Reid confirmed Wednesday night that he inquired into White's status after the NFL's career sack leader has been retired for a year.
"As I have stated many times, we have an active and aggressive attitude to at least look into any player that could possibly help our team," Reid said. "It is true, in that context, that I made an inquiry about Reggie's status. This was a preliminary information-seeking call. We are currently investigating to determine if this situation is worthy of further pursuit."
Seahawks coach and general manager Mike Holmgren said he talked with White on Tuesday about a possible comeback
"We're going to continue to talk," Holmgren told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "Now his agent will call. I don't know if we can afford him. But the fact that he phoned me and I love the guy makes me want to pursue this."
The presence of White would provide leadership for the young Seahawks and fill a hole in the defensive line created by the free agency departures of Philip Daniels and Sam Adams.
White has 192 1/2 career sacks and has been voted to 13 Pro Bowls. He held discussions with the AFC champion Titans, but the talks are currently on hold, with the two sides at least $500,000 apart on a one-year deal, the newspaper reported.
The Eagles are about $7 million under the salary cap, and are in position to potentially offer White the most money.
White went to Green Bay in April 1993 as possibly the NFL's most sought-after free agent ever. The longtime Eagles star became an immediate defensive leader, helping the Packers to the Super Bowl for the first time in almost three decades in January 1997, when they beat New England 35-21.
The next year, they again reached the Super Bowl, but lost 31-24 to the Denver Broncos.
White battled lower back spasms caused by a displaced vertebra in 1997 and still registered 11 sacks that season.
He was set to announce his retirement in 1998 when he changed his mind and came back for his 14th NFL season. He was voted defensive player of the year with a conference-best 16 sacks and a record 13th Pro Bowl berth.
The former Green Bay and Philadelphia star picked up the nickname "The Minister of Defense" in the early 1980s while playing at Tennessee where he was a team captain and an All-America. He still holds the Vols' record for sacks in a game with four and in a season with 15, both in 1983.
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