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NFL trade deadline: 8 cornerback targets for Eagles with Jalen Ramsey off the board

NFL trade deadline: 8 cornerback targets for Eagles with Jalen Ramsey off the board

After Eagles fans had hoped for weeks that Howie Roseman would pull the trigger and land Jalen Ramsey, the Pro Bowl cornerback was dealt to the Rams for two first-round picks and a fourth-round pick on Tuesday night. 

We can all debate whether or not the Eagles should have paid that price — and that is a fun debate — but it won’t change anything. Ramsey is off the table and the Eagles have less than two weeks before the trade deadline on Oct. 29. 

Here are several other cornerbacks who might be available in a trade: 

CB Patrick Peterson (Cardinals) 
Peterson is 29, but it somehow feels like he’s been a rumored trade target for the Eagles for about 15 years. The former first-round pick has truly been a great player for a long time. He’s been in the league eight years and is an eight-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro. Peterson missed the first six games of the year because of a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, but he’s back now and ready to play. The Cardinals have been hesitant to trade him, but they’re 2-3-1 and rebuilding with a rookie quarterback. Peterson has one year left on his deal after this season. The price would be relatively high for him, but maybe the Eagles can get a few years of Peterson at a high level. 

CB Chris Harris Jr. (Broncos) 
Harris is 30 and in the final year of his contract, so he might just be a rental. The Broncos don’t seem eager to trade away players and they have won two straight games (2-4), but they should probably still sell. Harris worked his way from being an undrafted rookie to a four-time Pro Bowler. He’s been at his best as a nickel, but can play outside too. 

CB Xavien Howard (Dolphins) 
I don’t think Miami is going to trade Howard, but I’d at least make a call. He’s still just 26 and had seven interceptions in a Pro Bowl season last year. Howard has a knee injury right now too, which would be another hurdle. And the Dolphins did sign him to a big contract in May, so they seem to view him as a piece for the future. 

CB Desmond Trufant (Falcons) 
The Falcons fooled me again this season. I thought they were going to be good and they stink to the point where they probably should be selling. Trufant is 29 now and under contract for three more seasons. He’s pretty expensive, but he would help and Roseman can figure out the numbers. 

CB Josh Norman (Redskins) 
No, Norman isn’t what he once was with the Panthers, but he’d be an upgrade for the Eagles. There are some reasons not to make this move, though. He’s 31, has a loud personality and a bloated contract with another year on it after this season. But if the compensation is right, it wouldn’t be a horrible idea. 

CB Janoris Jenkins (Giants) 
Not sure how the Giants would feel about trading Jenkins in the division, but the 30-year-old is having a good season with three interceptions in six games. He has one more year under contract after this season with a salary of over $10 million next year, but the Eagles could get out of it or restructure. 

CB Trumaine Johnson (Jets) 
Johnson has a ridiculous salary after signing a five-year, $72.5 million deal last March and the Jets should be eager to dump that off. Heck, they benched him earlier this season. But maybe a change of scenery would do the 29-year-old good. 

CB Artie Burns (Steelers) 
The former first-round pick hasn’t played up to that status and has fallen out of favor in Pittsburgh. He’s also in a contract year, so the Steelers might want to get something for him before he walks as a free agent. It probably wouldn’t take much to get him to Philly. 

If the Eagles don’t trade for a cornerback, there are other positions that would make sense, too. Here are a few names I’d at least call about: EDGE Von Miller (Broncos), EDGE Vic Beasley (Falcons), EDGE Carson Dunlap (Bengals), DT Geno Atkins (Bengals), DT Leonard Williams (Jets), WR Emmanuel Sanders (Broncos), A.J. Green (Bengals), WR DeVante Parker (Dolphins). 

Roseman has pulled off significant moves in each of the last two seasons: for Jay Ajayi in 2017 and for Golden Tate last year. He has less than two weeks to get one done this year. 

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Jalen Reagor’s mom fires back at ‘old man’ Skip Bayless

Jalen Reagor’s mom fires back at ‘old man’ Skip Bayless

If you thought Jalen Reagor’s response to professional takesman Skip Bayless was great, his mom’s response was even better. 

Bayless was bloviating on TV recently when he said he thought the Eagles’ taking Reagor at No. 21 was “a silly pick, because there were four, five other receivers I would've taken over Jalen Reagor.” 

That’s pretty much the same thing he tweeted just after the draft. 

She called Bayless an old man and told him to watch the Reagor show. Pretty good. 

Reagor has since deleted his more subtle response to Bayless, but mom’s response is probably good enough to stand on its own. 

This is where it’s worth pointing out that Bayless doesn’t mind getting people riled up at him; in fact, it’s part of his brand. So mom’s retort was great but it’s also the kind of response he likely wants. 

By the way, the players Bayless mentioned he would have taken instead were: 

Justin Jefferson: 22nd
Brandon Aiyuk: 25th 
Tee Higgins: 33rd 
Michael Pittman Jr.: 34th 

While Bayless is correct that Reagor went earlier than many draft experts expected, that doesn’t mean it was a bad pick. To me, Jefferson was always the higher floor player and I’ve already said plenty of times that he would’ve been my pick. But I am also able to admit Reagor is a really explosive player who might have a higher ceiling. Both things can be true. And just because something isn’t popular doesn’t mean it’s bad. Remember when the Eagles made an unpopular move to hire Doug Pederson as their head coach? Yeah, it can work out. 

That’s a rational take on the situation. But that wouldn’t get ratings or a reaction from a 21-year-old’s mother. 

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Ever wonder series: How exactly did Jason Kelce end up in his famous Mummers suit?

Ever wonder series: How exactly did Jason Kelce end up in his famous Mummers suit?

It’s easy to remember the most epic speech in Philadelphia history — no, not Abraham Lincoln’s Address that took place in Independence Hall back in 1861 — but when Jason Kelce took the entire city by storm on the art museum steps in 2018.

That’s right, no speech will ever top Kelce’s that was held at the finish line of the long-awaited Super Bowl parade down Broad Street. 

Aside from the actual dialogue, there was one other aspect that perfectly captured the essence of the city — his attire. If you’re a true Philadelphian, you’d know the outfit well — but if you were simply a fan from another part of the country tuning in, some eyebrows were probably raised to some extent. 

Kelce wore a classic suit that typically only sees the city streets on New Years Day in the Mummers Parade — a Philadelphia tradition that originated over a century ago in 1901.

But have you ever wondered how the Eagles’ center even got a hold of the suit that has now become an even bigger staple to the city’s history?

Well, let’s dive into it.

Bobby Coyle, a musician and business manager for the Avalon String Band, came to aid Kelce in his search. This was all thanks to Coyle’s wife. Libby, who cuts hair for the Eagles at the Novacare complex, where the team often practices. 

Now, it’s hard to forget the famous look, decked out in all different shades of green as Kelce bicycled through the sea of fans to get to the parade’s end point — but it turns out, the color just happened to be a coincidence. 

“I didn’t get this suit because it was Irish or it was green,” Coyle said. “It was the only suit big enough to fit him.” 

The suit had been in storage from the String Band’s “Ire-land of Leprechauns” performance that dates back to over ten years ago, but it was still in pristine condition. 

According to Coyle, it was love at first site with Kelce and the costume. For someone who wasn’t born in Philadelphia, no one could have manifested the energy of the city and its people better. 

To this day, Kelce, his speech and this costume remain one of the most talked about moments in Philadelphia sports history — and it’s going to remain that way for a long time. It should also go down as one of the best Super Bowl speeches across the NFL, due to the endless amount of passion that was poured into it. 

The suit still remains with Kelce and has only been worn one other time since February 8, 2018. 

If you want to know even more about the famous suit, you can watch the full video above

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