Baskett, 6-4, 220, was the Eagles’ biggest wideout. He was a strong possession receiver who excelled at blocking, and often was used as a sort of quasi tight end. But Baskett lacked the bulk to really play tight end, and his lack of speed limited him to role-player status at wideout, at least for the Birds. He shouldn’t be unemployed long, and could claim a larger chunk of playing time elsewhere. Baskett’s agent, Jim Ivler, did not respond to requests for comment.
The team elected to release Baskett instead of 2005 second-round pick Reggie Brown or 2009 sixth-round pick Brandon Gibson, even though Baskett was activated ahead of both of them for Sunday’s opener. This could be one of those looking-down-the-road decisions fans love to gnash their teeth about – Baskett was playing under a 1-year restricted free-agent tender, and would become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. Baskett caught one pass for 6 yards in the Eagles’ 38-10 victory over Carolina.
He might have peaked as a rookie – though Baskett caught just 22 passes, they went for 464 yards, a nifty 21.1 yards per catch. Two of his three 100-yard receiving days occurred that season; the other came last year, when Baskett caught 33 passes for 440 yards and three TDs. In last year’s opener against the Rams, Baskett caught a 90-yard TD pass.
Casual fans were mainly aware of Baskett in connection with his June marriage to ex-Playmate Kendra Wilkinson, at the Playboy Mansion. ESPN reported Monday that the Eagles were trying to trade Baskett; previous reports have alluded to a possible trade of Brown, who probably has more talent but less special-teams ability. Baskett was the Eagles’ 2007 special-teams MVP.
The Eagles elected not to put Vick on the roster at the time of the final cutdown, since he was ineligible the first 2 weeks under the terms of his reinstatement by commissioner Roger Goodell. Vick looked rusty in the preseason finale against the Jets, and afterward said it was “very, very important” that he practice with the team. He can play Sept. 27 against the Chiefs.