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Doug Pederson talks trades ahead of Tuesday deadline

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Doug Pederson talks trades ahead of Tuesday deadline

As Tuesday's 4 p.m. trade deadline rapidly approaches, it would make some sense if the Eagles pulled off a deal. 

After all, they're a 7-1 team that has lost some key players to injury and if a team was ever going to add at the deadline, it seems like these Eagles fit the bill. 

But things are going pretty well. And head coach Doug Pederson admitted on Monday afternoon that he would be concerned about a trade affecting the chemistry of the team. 

"That's why you have to be careful, I think," Pederson said. "It's gotta be the right fit. It can't just be anybody. From my standpoint, you don't want to disrupt the chemistry that is going on in the dressing room right now. Those guys are playing with a lot of confidence and they're rallying around each other so it would have to be a pretty special fit to make it work."

While Pederson was seemingly worried about the chemistry issue, he wouldn't rule out the possibility of a trade and mentioned the team's scouting department is always looking for talent around the league. 

The Eagles have lost Darren Sproles, Jason Peters and Jordan Hicks this season, so replacing one of them in a trade would make some sense. 

"I like where we're at right now with our roster, the way guys are playing," Pederson said. "We're always looking, obviously. I'm not going to leave it out of the question. But again, the guys that we have in this locker room, we have a lot of confidence in and we go forward from there."

It would be a little difficult for the Eagles to fit any sizable contract under the cap. According to NFLPA records, they have just $4.7 million of cap space. The salary cap is one of the reasons that the NFL's trade deadline rarely produces a ton of excitement. 

Still, they have a de facto GM in Howie Roseman who isn't afraid to make trades and a situation that would really seem to lend itself to pulling that trigger. 

Pederson said he's just focused on facing the Broncos on Sunday but would be brought into conversations about potential trades if they come up. 

"Again, it would have to be a dynamic fit," Pederson said. "It would have to be somebody who would help the team. It would have to be such a fit that you don't disrupt the locker room and where guys are."

NFL trade deadline passes without Eagles making a move

NFL trade deadline passes without Eagles making a move

Help is not on the way. 

Tuesday's 4 p.m. trade deadline has passed and the Eagles failed to make a move to upgrade at wide receiver, one of the most disappointing position groups on the team. 

No Torrey Smith. No Alshon Jeffery. 

Instead, the Eagles are stuck with Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor, Josh Huff, Dorial Green-Beckham and Bryce Treggs. 

"As far as I know, we're not making any moves," head coach Doug Pederson said on Monday afternoon. "The guys we have are the guys we have. We're going to continue to work and get better at that position."

Turns out, Pederson was right. Yup, the guys they have are the guys they have. And that's not likely to make Eagles fans very happy based on this production through seven games: 

• Jordan Matthews: 36 catches, 419 yards, three touchdowns

• Nelson Agholor: 21 catches, 216 yards, one touchdown

• Dorial Green-Beckham: 18 catches, 194 yards, one touchdown

• Josh Huff: 13 catches, 72 yards, one touchdown

• Bryce Treggs: Hasn't yet been active

• Paul Turner: Still on the practice squad 

While Matthews has had a decent season as the team's primary slot receiver and Huff has contributed on special teams (although he was arrested on Tuesday morning), the Eagles' outside receivers haven't been nearly as productive as they probably hoped they would be. 

Additionally, Agholor made some comments about drops after Sunday's game that "disappointed" his head coach.

While Eagles fans might be disappointed they didn't make a move on Tuesday, it's not surprising. Despite de facto GM Howie Roseman's propensity to trade, the Eagles haven't pulled off an in-season trade since they sent Isaac Sopoaga and a sixth-round pick to the Patriots for a fifth-round pick at the deadline in 2013. 

The last time the Eagles made a trade to acquire a player during the season was in 2011, when they tried to send Ronnie Brown to Detroit to bring back RB Jerome Harrison. That trade was voided when it was discovered during a routine physical that Harrison had a brain tumor. The last time the Eagles actually acquired a player during a season was when they traded Mike Bell for Harrison during the 2010 season. 

In 2016, with nine games left in the regular season, it would have been tough for a new wideout to come in and play a role on offense quickly. The Eagles traded for Green-Beckham during training camp and brought him along slowly through the first seven games. 

So, like it or not, Pederson was right. The guys they have are the guys they have.