The NFL’s trade deadline has passed and things remained quiet at the Eagles’ NovaCare Complex on Tuesday.
Heck, most of the NFL remained quiet. There was just one trade across the league on deadline day.
That doesn’t mean GM Howie Roseman was playing video games all day or anything, but his phone calls just proved fruitless. Prices were too high, the compensation wasn’t right.
Sure, Roseman traded for a rotational defensive end on Monday, but as the 4 p.m. deadline came and went on Tuesday, he failed to make a big splash.
For weeks, we talked about the possibility of the Eagles adding a cornerback, a receiver or a defensive tackle and the Eagles didn’t add players at any of those positions.
The Eagles have the same 4-4 record they had last season when Roseman traded for Golden Tate, but he didn’t make a major move this time. Although, to get DE Genard Avery, he did reportedly give up a 2021 fourth-rounder. That’s the same round compensation the Eagles gave up to get Jay Ajayi two years ago.
2017: Jay Ajayi for a 2018 fourth-rounder
2018: Golden Tate for a 2019 third-rounder
2019: Genard Avery for a reported 2021 fourth-rounder
On Monday morning, head coach Doug Pederson was reminded that the Tate trade last season was viewed as a vote of confidence from the front office. The Eagles had a 4-4 record at last year’s trade deadline as well.
“Well, it's always a sign of confidence when you can do that and bring in somebody that can help you continue to win, and obviously where we were last year, same situation, basically,” Pederson said. “And where we are as a team right now, the way our guys have kind of hung together and battled through a lot of adversity the first eight weeks of the season, we've battled injury. We've battled a lot of talk and things off the field. We've fought through that.
“So this team is starting to gel and come together, and so if we can add a piece, I think it's great. If we don't add a piece, I think it's great because of the guys in the locker room and I think that's a credit to those men.”
Another point Pederson kept coming back to on Monday is the amount of players the Eagles are still expecting to get back from injury. They already brought back Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby. And the following players are expected to return at some point this season:
Now, some of those players will be harder to rely on than others, but Pederson’s point was that reinforcements are coming with or without a trade.
This is pretty much how the Eagles are viewing things. They got back two starters and they're hoping to get more back soon. https://t.co/nKb8UUW4lW— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) October 29, 2019
The Eagles are 4-4 with one game before their bye week. They still have a decent shot to make the playoffs, but they’ll have to do it with what they already have.
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