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Wilmington Snooze-Terminal, June 7, 2009

Side Switches Force Cherries’ Hand at Owners Meeting

Brams Deals Samuels, Brown, Chambers, and Coleman to Keep Peace

by Rip Snorter
The two months-long drama arising from requests — some would say demands — to switch positions by Cherries’ offensive linemen Jordan Gross and Jason Brown, wide receiver Chris Chambers, and defensive end Julius Peppers, played out to its conclusion at the EFL Owners Meeting yesterday in Hershey. The defending champions are now able to move forward with plans for the coming season albeit with a weakened offensive line.

So we saw then who has relatively more clout — Gross and Peppers. As for Brown and Chambers, and — indirectly — Samuels and Coleman … not so much.

Coming into the meeting the Cherries had only two running backs on the roster — their starters: LaDainian Tomlinson and fullback Tony Richardson. They bulked up that area during the meeting partially by reducing their surplus in the defensive backfield. Last season’s starter at right cornerback, Fakhir Brown, was deemed expendable given the addition of their highest draft pick, Brandon Carr and the readiness of Corey Webster to ascend to a starting role. Delaware found a taker for Brown in the Baltimore Bolts, and Brown, along with a 5th round 2010 draft pick, netted the Cherries a pair of backup running backs — Antonio Pittman and Brandon Jackson. Earlier in the day Delaware had claimed free agent Corey McIntyre to serve as Richardson’s backup.

Near the end of the day the Cherries acquired free agent Max Jean-Gilles to battle veterans Artis Hicks and Adam Goldberg for the starting job at right guard. They had anticipated Chris Chester would start in that spot when they drafted him in the 6th round, but it had become clear he wouldn’t work out, and they released him immediately before they picked up Jean-Gilles. Regardless of whom wins the right guard job, the right side of the offensive line is a worry for Delaware. There seems little doubt it will be weaker than last season when the starters were Gross and the seemingly retired Shawn Andrews.

Here is the projected starting lineup for the Cherries when they line up against New York Friday night, August 7, in New York:

83Lee EvansWR
69Jordan Gross *LT
66Derrick Dockery *LG
74Nick MangoldC
62Max Jean-Gilles *RG
79Willie Anderson *RT
38Heath MillerTE
15Donnie Avery *WR
17Philip RiversQB
21LaDainian TomlinsonRB
49Tony RichardsonFB
91Ray Edwards *LE
92Maake Kemoeatu *NT
90Julius Peppers *RE
56LaMarr WoodleyLOLB
52Ray LewisLILB
57Bart ScottRILB
55Terrell SuggsROLB
39Brandon Carr *LCB
23Corey Webster *RCB
40Donte WhitnerSS
20Brian DawkinsFS
4John KasayPK
10Jeff Feagles *P
82Dante HallKR-PR
16Yamon FigursKR-PR
* new starter or position change

While the Cherries were much more active in this meeting than in recent years, there was no shortage of interesting deals not involving them. Here are the highlights:

The EFL website lists every transaction that took place at the meeting.