I get it, it’s still really early, as the NFL sprints into week two of the season. Yet, the city of Philadelphia sits uneasy, and its passionate fans are already clamoring for help, after the week 1 debacle (loss to Washington Football team). After watching their beloved Eagles, blow a seventeen point lead to a division foe, it is easy to understand why fans, and the team’s brass alike, have been searching the league high and wide for reinforcements.
Good news is, the team seems to be getting healthy, with second year star Miles Sanders and all-pro Right Tackle, Lane Johnson, are set to have their season debuts this week (Barring any setbacks). Even better news for a team looking to possibly make a move, is they are led by one of the NFL’s, most aggressive GM’s, Howie Roseman. Known for his willingness to make a deal, this might be the right time to pounce on another team’s talent, and help bring a burst of life into the Super-Bowl contenders. With that said here are three trade ideas that could help do just that.
DE Vic Beasley for 4th round pick
Considered an Eagles strength, the defensive line, may have talent. But could use the help coming off the edge. Enter the former first round pick. While he may lack in the run game, his potential pass-rushing ability could bring a much needed burst to its attack. Known for his speed he is a perfect fit in defensive coordinator, Jim Schwartz, scheme. His willingness to get his hands dirty would be a welcome boost, to a thin depth chart in Philly. While he didn’t play week 1, that had more to do with getting in game shape than an actual injury. Add in the Jadeveon Clowney, signing and you could see how the newly signed Titan, could be used as early trade bait.
OG Joe Thuney For 4th round pick and WR Deontay Burnett.
I can hear the Eagles fans now “Why would we give up a receiver? we need all the help we can get” Fan favorite Burnett, has turned heads all off-season, and despite being placed on the teams practice-squad, he is one of the only players to be on the protected list, two weeks in a row. True, the young wide-out is talented, and honestly should be given a real shot of playing on Sunday’s. But after the additions of rookie WR’s Jalen Reagor, John Hightower (rough week one) and Quez Watkins (IR). Along with veteran Desean Jackson, finally healthy, the space to get Burnett on the active roster might never come. Turning our focus to the important part of this trade, the bird’s line! In week 1, QB Carson Wentz, was battered and bruised, being sacked 8 times and running for his life all game. While I earlier stated Lane Johnson, looks to be back this week, the line could use all the help they can get. New England, hasn’t done right by Thuney and worked his contract out, which leads many to speculate this trade for months. The savvy veteran would help sure up a front line that could easily make them one of the NFL’s best again. Put him next to Johnson, and watch the right side pave the way for another shot at the NFC East crown.
RB Chris Carson for a 4th round pick and a conditional 7th rounder
Ok, just hear me out! From the Seahawks point of view, why would they trade away the guy who just caught 2 touchdown passes in week 1, and finally looks healthy? Easy answer, the team seem very high on Rookie Deejay Dallas, and GM John Schneider, is possibly the only guy more aggressive than, or as aggressive as (Howie) Roseman. With or without Carson, the Hawk’s go as QB Russell Wilson, goes. On the other hand, why would the Eagles add another runner, to crowd around budding-star, Miles Sanders? Another easy one, power! While Sanders is clearly the teams number 1 RB, and for good reason, he lacks the power to lean on defenses late in games, and batter them into submission. While Carson has been injured often, he is healthy now, and putting him on a sort of pitch count where he doesn’t need to be “the guy” could extend his career. The one-two punch of Sanders and Carson, sprinkled around them a bit of speedy do-it-all back, Boston Scott. Could possibly create a three headed monster even better than the likes of the one that helped carry them to a championship in 2017.