Weaver explains calling Eagles his ‘secondary choice’

Leonard Weaver against the San Francisco 49ers during the 2008 season. (Paul Sakuma / Associated Press)

Leonard Weaver against the San Francisco 49ers during the 2008 season. (Paul Sakuma / Associated Press)

Leonard Weaver hasn’t been a member of the Philadelphia Eagles for long, but he’s already dealing with the city’s notoriously fickle media and fans.

That’s because after signing a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Eagles earlier this week, the fullback said Philadelphia was his “secondary choice.” He said he wanted to stay with the Seattle Seahawks, with whom he had played all four of his NFL seasons, but they didn’t show much interest.

After upsetting the Philadelphia media and fans with his comment, Weaver went on a local sports radio show and tried to explain himself, Philly.com reported:

    “I want to let people know, any time you start your career somewhere, of course you would love to stay there,” he said. “That’s where you started. You’ve got relationships. But anytime you have an opportunity to go somewhere else where you can excel, I mean, that’s what you do. And I was very excited. I let Seattle know at that particular time that yeah, when they asked me, ‘Do you want to stick around?’ I told ’em yeah, and this is before free agency even started, but obviously in doing so, you know, we had to definitely make another decision. And we definitely had several other teams, but Philly is the place that I wanted to be.”

Weaver went on to say that his comment was “misconstrued” and that he had learned his lesson about his new home. He also has a message for the media and fans.

    “And I know, Philly, you gotta be careful about the media and what they say,” he said. “If you didn’t hear it from Weave and you just saw it written down, then make sure you talk to Weave. Weave’ll clear it up for you.”

The Eagles hope “Weave” can clear some running lanes for RB Brian Westbrook next season. If so, all will be forgiven and forgotten in The City of Brotherly Love.

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