posted on Mar, 16 2004 @ 01:40 PM
Eagles may be adding a Pro Bowl receiver, but they have lost a Pro Bowl cornerback.Troy Vincent, known for his superb play on the field and charitable
works off it, signed a multi-year contract with the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday.
Vincent, 32, made the Pro Bowl in each of the last five years with the Eagles, but was unable to get to the Super Bowl.Philadelphia lost in the NFC
championship game each of the last three seasons.The Eagles have decided to make changes, allowing Vincent, outside linebacker Carlos Emmons and
running back Duce Staley to leave while adding defensive end Jevon Kearse and pursuing talented but temperamental receiver Terrell Owens.
Vincent has 42 interceptions in his 12-year career, including three last year. He visited with Cincinnati and Kansas City before signing with Buffalo.
He will be used to replace Antoine Winfield, a four-year starter who signed with Minnesota earlier this month. Vincent broke into the NFL as Miami's
first-round pick in 1992, and played four seasons with the Dolphins before signing with the Eagles in 1996. Vincent's best season came in 1999, when
he led the league with a career-high seven interceptions and was credited with 100 tackles.
Besides losing Vincent, the Eagles stand to lose their other starting cornerback, Bobby Taylor, who is also a free agent.During his trip to Buffalo,
Vincent said he still considered himself one of the league's premier cornerbacks, but didn't rule out a move to safety.He spoke highly of the Bills,
referring to owner Ralph Wilson when saying: "I've done my history on the NFL, and he's one of the guys who helped build what we see today in the NFL.
This is a first-class organization." Vincent also considered it a plus that the Bills' front office included assistant general manager Tom Modrak, who
spent three-plus seasons as the Eagles' director of football operations, beginning in the late 1990s.