The NFL trade deadline is next Tuesday at 4.pm.
Will the Birds do anything? Perhaps that depends on whether they exit the week 4-4 or 3-5, and the short term injury status of DeSean Jackson and others.
Howie Roseman has made moves in each of the past two seasons, trading for Jay Ajayi in 2017 and Golden Tate last season, one move which turned out to be fantastic and the other, not so much.
Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer dropped a few interesting Eagles tidbits in a story titled “The NFL Trade Deadline is Heating Up” –
Again, the market for receivers is pretty hot. The Patriots and Niners were out there actively looking. Also among those that have kicked the tires on adding at the position, with the caveat that these talks can simply be exploratory, have been the Saints, Bills, Eagles and Packers. Two names that have been floating around out there at the position won’t excite people like A.J. Green would—Jets’ Robby Anderson and Browns’ Rashard Higgins. The former, naturally, would come at a higher cost than the latter.
Robby Anderson is the former Temple receiver. Deep threat. Kind of a weird dude. But he would absolutely give the Eagles a vertical threat they do not have. Anderson caught five balls for 125 yards and a touchdown against the Cowboys when Sam Darnold returned to the Jets lineup.
Higgins had 572 yards and 4 touchdowns a season ago but has been pretty much bumped out of the rotation in Cleveland.
Breer also offered this up:
So which offensive linemen are out there? I believe fourth-year Eagles OT Halapoulivaati Vaitai could be moved. Philadelphia likes him as a player, so whether a deal is done will be predicated on the return they can find for him. Vaitai, who has 17 regular-season starts under his belt, was the Eagles’ left tackle in its Super Bowl win over the Patriots. And while he may not be a long-term solution at that position, he could be a short-term fix, with a very solid future at another spot on someone’s line. Cleveland and New England would be obvious suitors for Big V. The Patriots could use insurance at the position, given second-year pro Isaiah Wynn’s injury history.
Nothing new here. I think Big V’s name typically comes up when you think about possible assets the Eagles could offer outside of draft picks. The Birds have Andre Dillard at left tackle and would just throw in another body at right tackle if they trade Big V and Lane Johnson goes down.
The Jets are listening to offers on former top-five pick Leonard Williams. The big defensive-linemen is a better player than Beasley, but carries similar logistics —he’s on a pricy fifth-year option and is not signed for 2020. Teams like the Chiefs and Eagles are seen as sensible landing spots for Williams, if the right price can be found. And that price, because of those big financials, might be relatively affordable for another team, maybe right around a third-round pick.
Williams makes a lot of sense. He was the sixth-overall pick in the 2015 draft and is likely to leave New York as a free agent anyway, so the Jets will want to get something for him while they can. The Eagles need to get younger and better on the defensive line, where the injuries again are killing them this year.