Howie Roseman has made a ton of trades throughout his decade as the Eagles’ general manager.
Not many of them have come during the season.
For the most part, in season trades aren’t as common in the NFL as offseason trades and the NFL trade deadline is often a letdown. But that doesn’t stop us from getting excited for the deadline, which comes at 4 p.m. today.
After trading Zach Ertz, Roseman said the Eagles weren’t going to be sellers and then he shipped Joe Flacco to the Jets. So there’s a chance the Eagles aren’t finished.
With that in mind, let’s take a look back at every in-season trade Roseman has made in his career:
Oct. 25, 2021: Traded QB Joe Flacco to Jets for 2022 conditional sixth-round pick
The Eagles’ most recent trade happened just last week. It’s certainly fair to question the Eagles’ giving Flacco a one-year, $3.5 million contract. But getting back a draft pick for him now that the Eagles have Gardner Minshew makes plenty of sense. The Eagles acquired Minshew for a conditional sixth-rounder just before the season. An important note on the sixth-rounder coming back from the Jets (if it stays a sixth-rounder): It’s the Buccaneers’ pick, so it figures to be considerably worse than if it were the Jets’ pick.
Oct. 15, 2021: Traded TE Zach Ertz to Arizona for 2022 fifth-round pick and CB Tay Gowan
After an offseason of speculation, Ertz played the first six games of this season with the Eagles and even played at home against the Bucs knowing he was getting traded. This trade allowed Ertz and Dallas Goedert the opportunity to be the top tight ends with their respective teams. The Eagles added another draft pick in 2022 and Gowan, who was a sixth-round pick out of UCF this season. The Eagles had their eye on Gowan during the pre-draft process.
Oct. 28, 2019: Traded for DE/LB Genard Avery from Browns for a 2021 fourth-round pick
Midway through the 2019 season, Roseman went out and traded for a player he had liked for a while. Avery was a fifth-round pick out of Memphis and showed potential in his rookie season. He played in all 16 games for the Browns that year, started 5 and had 4 1/2 sacks. In 2019, he was a rotational player and the Browns unloaded him on the Eagles.
In his next 19 games as an Eagles in 2019 and 2020, Avery was miscast as an undersized defensive end and had just 2 sacks. In 2021, Avery is a linebacker and has played a little better. He has played in all eight games and has started six. When Roseman made this trade, he said it wasn’t about going all-in in 2019, but getting a player they coveted with two more full seasons of team control on a rookie contract.
This spring, the Browns used that fourth-round pick (No. 110) on OT James Hudson from Cincinnati. Hudson has played in seven games with one start as a rookie.
Sept. 30, 2019: Traded for LB Duke Riley and a 2020 sixth-round pick from the Falcons for S Johnathan Cyprien and a 2020 seventh-round pick
Early in the 2019 season, Cyprien was barely playing for the Eagles so they shipped him to Atlanta, where he played just one game before landing on IR. Riley became a key special teams contributor and was even named a special teams captain later that same season. Riley ended up playing 25 total games with 8 starts for the Eagles over his year and a half in Philly. He signed with Miami this offseason.
The Eagles ended up trading that sixth-rounder (No. 190) to San Francisco for Marquise Goodwin, who opted out in 2020 and never played for them. The Falcons used that seventh-rounder on punter Sterling Hofrichter, who punted for them in 2020 but is now a free agent.
Oct. 30, 2018: Traded for WR Golden Tate from Lions for a 2019 third-round pick
The Eagles were trying to keep the Super Bowl magic alive when they acquired Tate before the deadline in 2018. But the coaching staff struggled to integrate Tate into their offense. Tate caught 30 passes for 278 yards and 1 touchdown in 8 regular season games with the Eagles. But he did have the game-winning touchdown catch in the Double Doink playoff game in Chicago. Tate signed with the Giants the next offseason.
The Lions ended up using that third-round pick (No. 88) to move up and take safety Will Harris at No. 81; Harris has become a starter for the Lions this year. The No. 88 pick ended up being linebacker Cody Barton to the Seahawks; Barton is a rotational player and special teamer.
Oct. 31, 2017: Traded for RB Jay Ajayi from Dolphins for a 2018 fourth-round pick
The Eagles needed to add a piece during their Super Bowl run and Ajayi ended up working out really well. Despite some concerns that he wouldn’t fit into the locker room, Ajayi became a big part of the Eagles’ championship team. In seven regular season games with the Eagles that season, Ajayi had 70 carries for 408 yards (5.8) and a touchdown. In the playoffs, he had 42 for 184 (4.4).
The Dolphins used that fourth-round pick (No. 132 overall) on Arizona State running back Kalen Ballage, who now plays for the Steelers.
Oct. 29, 2013: Traded DT Isaac Sopoaga and a 2014 sixth-round pick to Patriots for a 2014 fifth-round pick
The Eagles had Bennie Logan waiting for more playing time so before the deadline they shipped out Sopoaga, who played in just eight games with seven starts for the Eagles that season. He ended up playing in six games with the Patriots and was then out of the league.
The Eagles sent that fifth-round pick (No. 169 overall) to New Orleans for Darren Sproles, who promptly made the next three Pro Bowl teams as a member of the Eagles. The Patriots used their sixth-rounder on DE Zach Moore, who played eight games for them that season before bouncing around the rest of his career.
Oct. 13, 2010: Traded RB Mike Bell to Browns for RB Jerome Harrison
This was a rare player-for-player trade. Bell wasn’t giving the Eagles much so they tried their luck with Harrison, who played well the rest of that year. He had 40 carries in 8 games for 239 yards (6.0) in the back half of the 2010 season.
The next season, when Harrison was buried on the Browns’ depth chart, the Eagles tried to trade for him again. They were planning on sending Ronnie Brown and a draft pick to Detroit for him, but a physical revealed that Harrison had a brain tumor. A 2012 CBS story chronicled his recovery.
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