With next Tuesday’s trade deadline rapidly approaching, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was asked if he and general manager Howie Roseman have had conversations about possible moves.
“Yes,” Pederson said flatly.
He eventually elaborated a little more.
“We’re in direct communication a lot, especially these past few days,” Pederson said, “trying to get the best players in here we can.”
Pederson also hinted toward a possible position where the Eagles might look to add depth, mentioning their injury situation on their defensive line. Presumably, Pederson is talking about the defensive tackle position.
The Eagles lost free agent pickup Malik Jackson for the year earlier this season, Tim Jernigan is still out with a foot injury and now Hassan Ridgeway’s ankle injury will keep him out for a while. And on Monday, the Eagles released veteran Akeem Spence and signed rookie DTs Anthony Rush and Albert Huggins.
While the Eagles have played Vinny Curry and Brandon Graham inside at times, their only healthy defensive tackles are Fletcher Cox and two rookies. So adding one through a trade would make sense. The two names at that position I brought up earlier this week were Geno Atkins and Leonard Williams, but there might be some cheaper options, too.
But the Eagles could also use help at other positions too, including wide receiver and cornerback.
“I think that’s the thing that Howie and I are on the same page about,” Pederson said. “He sees the same injuries that we see and he knows the bind that we’re in at certain positions. He’s constantly, with his team of guys, working to find players that are out there, whether they’re on other teams’ practice rosters or with the trade deadline coming up, if it’s through that or whatever it might be. Or our practice roster, which we’ve made moves already this season. He’s in tune with all that.”
In each of the last two seasons, Roseman has pulled off trades before the deadline. He brought in Jay Ajayi in 2017 and Golden Tate in 2018. While the Eagles were 7-1 when they traded for Ajayi, they were 4-4 last year when he brought in Tate. With a win on Sunday, the Eagles would be 4-4 at the deadline again.
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