Rumors have been swirling since week one of the season, about multiple players, the Eagles could be interested in trading or trading for. Every season at this time, the NFL and it’s fans, go crazy over the possibility, of a big name player being moved, from one city to another. This year hasn’t been any different, as one name after another swirl around the city of brotherly love. With that being said, the NFL deadline for trades, quickly approaches. Names both big and small, have been talked about as a possibility, of being moved. knowing GM Howie Roseman, a trade is likely, but even if it doesn’t happen now, doesn’t mean these players are in the clear. Roseman, is always looking to make a move. These three players, have been brought up a ton, and still could be kept over the deadline, or not.
WR Alshon Jeffery
Jeffery, has been brought up since the end of last season, and even a little, the season before. I understand he has struggled with injuries’, but those are issues you can’t help as a player. When he is on the field, Jeffery is a good (not Great) player, definitely not the player he was in Chicago. But even with that, he has been a solid player and presence on this team. The marriage between the two sides, seem to be heading for a break-up, despite the talent. The rumors, that he threw franchise QB Carson Wentz, under the bus, does not help the cause. Add that to a decline is skill, and the often injury issue, you could see this isn’t going to work. Howie, jumped the gun on this one, by giving him and almost untradeable contract, at this stage in his career. Even if he isn’t moved this week or next, expect him to be moved, or even released before the coming season.
TE Zach Ertz
If you would of told me a year or so ago, that the Eagles, were looking to move on from Carson Wentz’s, best friend, I would of called you nuts. Now, not so much. Last week it was reported the Eagles, had a couple of dance partners, for the all-pro Tight End. This, and the emergence of Dallas Goedert, has made the star expendable. The Eagles, front office have a giant hole to climb out of, this offseason, in regards to cap issues. So moving on from the pro-bowler, makes sense. Despite him being such a main stay, over the years, the NFL, is not for long, for a reason. Cold business, but it is what it is, at the end of the day. It looks highly unlikely that Ertz, gets moved now that he has been put on injured reserve, but that doesn’t mean Roseman, doesn’t take another shot at it, come draft time.
DT Fletcher Cox/ Malik Jackson
This one is more of a projection, then common sense. The Eagles need to get younger, at many areas on this football team, is obvious. While both of these players (Cox, Jackson) have been dominant while on the field, the Eagles, are in a real hole with the cap. Even with Cox, adjusting his contract, he is too good of a player, that another team won’t see the stars aligning and try to poach him. If the birds were to get an offer you can’t refuse, it would be hard to walk away. Jackson, on the other hand, has seen a dip in production, after leaving Denver, but has emerged as a force again in Philly. Both players, could net the Eagles, a good pick or two, in this coming NFL Draft. The cap space, along with wanting to get younger, would be reason enough to see the birds, move on from either one. I would personally like to think Fletcher Cox, has a bit of Jason Peters, in him, where the team lets him stay until he wants out. But right now it doesn’t seem to be the case. I don’t see either being moved right now, but in the offseason, we could see it happen.
What are your thoughts? who do you think is on the trade block in Philly? @JonM_Salter