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Eagles trade rumors: Von Miller, Chris Harris headline potential targets not named Jalen Ramsey

Eagles trade rumors: Von Miller, Chris Harris headline potential targets not named Jalen Ramsey

Either the Jaguars are waiting for the Eagles to come over the top with an offer — apparently two first-round picks may not be enough — or they truly aren’t going to trade Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey this season.

Fortunately for the Eagles, Ramsey isn’t the only potentially available player who could help their defense. Heck, he isn’t necessarily even the best option!

Looking around the league, there are quite a few teams whose playoff hopes are already circling the drain and would no doubt have to at least think about moving some star players. Here’s a look at some of the other big names Eagles executive vice president/general manager could target before the NFL’s Oct. 29 trade deadline.

Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr.

In the final year of his contract and seemingly voicing his displeasure with the situation currently unfolding in Denver (0-4), Harris is perhaps the most likely defensive back to be dealt in season. The four-time Pro Bowl selection made his name with dominant play in the slot, but is lining up outside with more frequency this season, so the Eagles could use him wherever they see fit.

The obvious downside is he could wind up being a rental, though at age 30, it might be for the best anyway. If it helps the Eagles win a Super Bowl, no one will mind parting with a Day 2 pick.

Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller

Staying in Denver, an idea that’s catching on is the possibility of shopping Miller, with NFL Network analyst and former Eagles scout Daniel Jeremiah suggesting Howie make a call. It’s not that farfetched — Broncos general manager John Elway himself raised the prospect of shopping Miller back in the offseason. And while the seven-time Pro Bowler is a linebacker by trade, he’s played with his hand in the dirt before.

The cost would be high, surely starting with a first-round pick and then some, plus $18 million in 2020 and ’21, when Miller will be 32. A case can also be made defensive end isn’t even the real issue for the Eagles’ defense. But when you can add anybody who registered 14.5 sacks only a season ago, you've got to at least look into it.

Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson

What’s an Eagles trade rumors post without Peterson? Despite the never-ending rumblings, the eight-time Pro Bowler is still in Arizona (0-3-1), still without a contract extension. A new deal doesn’t appear to be on the horizon, either, seeing as he’s serving a six-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. Could this be the year he’s finally dealt?

Between the contract demands and the ban, Peterson’s value may not be what it once was, even if he is one of the best corners in the league, so maybe the Eagles could swoop in with a Day 2 pick. They’d need to be willing to pay him, but with his 30th birthday still a year away, it’s not unthinkable. Maybe this really is the year.

For what it’s worth, the Cardinals continue to shoot down Peterson rumors.

Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams

The Eagles won’t have to travel very far to scout Williams, seeing as the Jets (0-3) will be in the building on Sunday. The former sixth-overall draft pick has been somewhat of a disappointment in New York, save for 7.0 sacks and a trip to the Pro Bowl in 2016. But given the precarious state of the Eagles’ D-line, he might be worth a flyer as long as the price isn’t too high.

Mainly, Leonard can play interior lineman, which is arguably the Eagles’ biggest need with Fletcher Cox not performing and Malik Jackson likely out for the season. Leonard's also a solid run defender, and at 25 his best football could be ahead, though the latter is negated some by the fact that he is in the final year of his contract.

Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins

Cincinnati (0-4) signed Atkins to a contract extension a little more than a year ago, but with the franchise going nowhere fast, it might be time for a good ol’ fashioned fire sale. A seven-time Pro Bowler with 9.0 or more sacks in each of the last four seasons, the 31-year-old’s penchant for disruption is exactly what the Eagles' defense desperately needs up the middle right now.

Atkins is also set to make over $11 million in each of the next three seasons — which he’s certainly worth — but the Eagles already have so much cap space tied up in Cox and Jackson. Could they bring all three guys back in 2020? It would be difficult, especially thinking about what the Bengals might want in return.

Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap

Dunlap also received an extension last season, but not for quite as much money — $8.8 million with roster and workout bonuses in 2020, upwards of $11 million in ’21. The Eagles don’t have as much cap space allocated at end, either. Thirty years old and with at least 7.5 sacks every year since 2013, the two-time Pro Bowler is certainly reliable, but again, would not come cheap.

Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick

With Darqueze Dennard sounding ready to come off the PUP list soon, Cincinnati will have a glut of corners for which they appear to have no use. Kirkpatrick isn’t the best cover-man on the roster (William Jackson), nor is he the most recently extended (Dennard), but he’s certainly capable of fetching a mid-round asset or two.

Kirkpatrick will make just south of $10 million through 2021. He turns 30 this month. He’s capable of playing at a very high level, if not quite star-caliber. All of those things are good or bad depending how you look at them, but depending how hard up the Eagles are for corner help, he’s a quality option at a reasonable price.

Or they can just wait for Jalen Mills to return.

Ranking Eagles' needs as trade deadline nears

Ranking Eagles' needs as trade deadline nears

The NFL’s trade deadline is less than one week away and we all know Howie Roseman loves to make trades. 

And now he’s in a situation where the Eagles could really use one. They’re sitting at 3-4 and at the very best they’ll be .500 when they come back from London for their bye week. 

The Eagles could use some help at several positions, but this is how I’d rank their needs: 

1. Receiver 

It might not be completely obvious because Alshon Jeffery is playing so well, but the Eagles haven’t gotten nearly enough production from their receivers aside from him. Specifically, Mike Wallace was supposed to be the other starting outside receiver, a guy who could blow the top off the defense, and the Eagles have really missed that since he went down with a fractured fibula. They also haven’t had Mack Hollins all season after he was put on IR before the opener. Maybe one or both of those guys can return this season, but it’s hard to think the Eagles can really count on them. 

The Eagles reportedly offered one of their two second-round picks in next year’s draft for Amari Cooper, but the Cowboys outbid them, sending a first-rounder to Oakland. Oh well. The Eagles were right to not dangle a first-round pick, but their willingness to offer a second-rounder shows they’re serious about making a trade and that they think they need some help at receiver. 

The Eagles are averaging just 22.0 points per game this season. That’s down from 28.6 in 2017. Adding another weapon for Wentz would certainly help. 

2. Defensive lineman

I thought this was a big need before we found out Derek Barnett is gone for the season. Before Barnett’s injury, I thought the Eagles definitely needed to add a defensive tackle and I still think that need is greater than one for a defensive end, but at this point, either works. They just need another talented player for that front four that hasn’t lived up to expectations so far. 

Sure, maybe Tim Jernigan does come off the NFI at some point this year, but, again, I don’t think the Eagles can count on that. And for last week’s game, the Eagles had Fletcher Cox, Treyvon Hester and Bruce Hector as their only active defensive tackles because Haloti Ngata missed another game with a calf injury. The Eagles’ defense is all about getting pressure and they could really use one more guy to help with that up front. 

3. Defensive back 

I think safety is a pretty legitimate concern even with Avonte Maddox playing OK. He’s still a rookie playing out of position and the Eagles miss Rodney McLeod. Now, they’re missing Sidney Jones for some time because of that hamstring injury. I don’t think corner is as big a need as some folks do, but they could use a good one. And if a guy like Patrick Peterson is really available, just about any team in the hunt would be foolish to not be interested. He’s a great player. 

4. Running back

For some, this is at the top of the list. Not for me. If the Eagles were to bring in a player like Le’Veon Bell, that would obviously help them, but I’m not sure the Eagles are going to be willing to spend a ton of money or assets to bring that guy in. 

I know folks are down on Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood, but I think those guys can actually be good enough for the stretch run. And I’m assuming Darren Sproles will be back from that hamstring injury at some time this season. Even if the Eagles went out and got a running back, they’re still going to use a rotation. 


It’s important to remember that the Eagles might make a trade where they don’t see the biggest glaring hole in the roster. To make a trade, they have to feel comfortable in what they’re giving up. Sometimes there will be a possible trade for what they deem as their second or third or whatever need, but the value is right. That could very well happen. And it also matters what position that player plays. There are some positions that are easier to teach up and catch up in a short amount of time. All that stuff plays a factor. 

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Giants trade cornerback Eli Apple to the Saints

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Giants trade cornerback Eli Apple to the Saints

Another day, another trade in the NFC East.

The day after the Cowboys acquired Amari Cooper from the Raiders, the Giants traded away cornerback Eli Apple to the Saints, per ESPN's Adam Schefter, in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2019 and a seventh-rounder in 2020.

The move has implications for the Eagles, given the Saints were also reportedly interested in Cardinals star corner Patrick Peterson. The trade for Apple could remove a big contender from the Peterson sweepstakes, although Peterson, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, should still have an enormous market.

Apple, the 10th overall pick in the 2016 draft, is the second first-round pick the Giants have recently parted ways with. The team released Ereck Flowers, a 2015 first-round selection, on Oct. 8. Flowers was signed by the Jaguars on Oct. 12. 

At 1-6, the Giants appear to be looking toward the future with this move, although, as many on social media have been quick to note, they still have another Eli on their roster — 37-year-old quarterback Eli Manning.

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