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Eagles trade rumors: Will Eagles make a trade? Rankings positions of need

Eagles trade rumors: Will Eagles make a trade? Rankings positions of need

The NFL trade deadline is tomorrow at 4 p.m. and Howie Roseman isn’t a guy who normally sits on his hands. 

He has until that deadline to figure out a way to bolster the 4-4 Eagles as they try to make a playoff push. 

“It’s gotta be right,” head coach Doug Pederson said on Monday. “We’ve gotta do what’s right for the Philadelphia Eagles and our team.” 

The Eagles have made deadline deals in each of the last two seasons. In 2017, they shipped a fourth-round pick to Miami for Jay Ajayi. And last season, they sent a third-rounder to Detroit for Golden Tate. 

Pederson has mentioned several times that in any potential trade, the fit has to be right on and off the field. On Monday morning, he was proud of his current team for the way it has battled through adversity this year. 

“This team is starting to gel and come together,” he said. “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. That’s a credit to those men.”

If the Eagles do make a move, here’s how I’d rank their needs, which is not necessarily the order of what’s most likely:

1. Speed receiver

DeSean Jackson has now missed the last six games and without him, the Eagles have been desperate to find someone to catch the ball downfield. In Jackson’s absence, the Eagles have gotten next to nothing from Mack Hollins (who is playing a lot) and JJ Arcega-Whiteside can’t even get on the field. Sure, Jackson is expected to practice some this week, but even Pederson has admitted Jackson won’t be 100 percent this year. And can you really trust that when Jackson returns, he won’t get hurt again? I can’t, not with this injury that has taken this long to heal. 

Without that vertical threat, this offense looks like the same offense that sputtered last season. The ability to run the ball is great and the Eagles ran the ball really well in Buffalo, but even if this offense becomes a ground-and-pound unit, they’re still going to be limited by their inability to open up the field. 

A couple receivers were already traded last week and prices seem high. The obvious fit from a need perspective would be Robby Anderson from the Jets. He’s in the final year of his contract, so we might just be talking about a rental, but he’s a pretty good deep threat and would help give that speed dimension to the at-times stagnant offense.

2. Defensive tackle

This is the position Pederson mentioned last week because of injuries. Tim Jernigan is expected to return at some point, but he’s really struggled to stay healthy. Coming into this year, DT was a position of great depth but Malik Jackson, Jernigan and Hassan Ridgeway all got hurt. On Sunday in Buffalo, Fletcher Cox lined up next to Bruce Hector, Anthony Rush and Albert Huggins. If the Eagles don’t add anyone, and if Jernigan can’t return in a timely fashion, expect Cox to get doubled all the time in the second half of the season.

The Eagles’ entire defense is predicated on getting pressure with the front four. The good news is that the edge rushers appear to be getting on track and Cox looks like himself again, but another good interior rusher would go a long way. It would also help Jim Schwartz avoid blitzing, which puts stress on a secondary that has been exposed at times this year and in previous years. 

One of the most intriguing names on the trade block got moved on Monday: 

Would you have done that for a guy on an expiring contract? 

3. Cornerback

If you would have asked me a couple weeks ago, cornerback would have been at the top of the list. But Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby are back and both played well against the Bills. Even more help should be coming soon with Avonte Maddox and then Cre’Von LeBlanc. No, it’s not like the Eagles have shutdown corners, but they are in a better position than they were earlier this month, to the point where it’s not the most desperate need. That doesn’t mean this won’t be the position the Eagles go after, but it means if they don’t get a corner, they might just be OK. Also remember, the Eagles reportedly tried to make a deal for Jalen Ramsey earlier this month but were outbid. 

If you’re looking for a name here, there are some big ones: Patrick Peterson, Chris Harris, Darius Slay. Because there are seemingly more names available at this position, the Eagles might have a better chance of pulling something off.

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10 trade targets for Eagles as NFL trade deadline approaches

10 trade targets for Eagles as NFL trade deadline approaches

The NFL trade deadline is a week away. Things are heating up and prices aren’t cheap. 

The Texans traded a third-round pick to the Raiders for cornerback Gareon Conley and the Patriots traded a second-round pick to the Falcons for WR Mohamed Sanu. 

Later Tuesday, the Broncos dealt WR Emmanuel Sanders and a fifth-round pick to the 49ers for a third-round and fifth-round pick.

So if the Eagles are going to make a trade by the deadline of 4 p.m. on Oct. 29, it might be expensive. And with so many needs, it’s fair to ask whether or not it’s even worth bringing in one player. 

But Roseman has traditionally been an aggressive GM and he has brought in a player at the deadline in each of the last two seasons. The Eagles were 4-4 when they brought in Golden Tate last season and if they win on Sunday, they’d be 4-4 just before the deadline again. 

So if Roseman does want to pull off a trade, here are 10 players who would make some sense: 

Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson

We’re not going to have this story without Peterson, who is always in these conversations. Even after Jalen Mills came back and with Ronald Darby and Cre’Von LeBlanc nearing returns, Peterson would still be a great improvement. He’s an eight-time Pro Bowler who would immediately make a difference. It would likely take a first-round pick to get him from the Cardinals. 

Broncos CB Chris Harris

The 30-year-old from Denver likely wouldn’t be as expensive, but if Conley brought back a third-round pick, maybe Harris would be more expensive than we thought. Harris is at his best in the nickel corner role but could really play anywhere. 

Falcons CB Desmond Trufant

After trading Sanu, we know the Falcons are willing to sell. They got a second-rounder from New England, but we all kind of understand that’s probably going to be the last or second-to-last pick in the round. The Falcons will want a first-round pick for Trufant, which is steep, but maybe they’ll be eager to dump his salary for a second. 

Bengals DT Geno Atkins

It seems like the Bengals don’t want to sell, but they stink and Atkins is 31. After losing Malik Jackson and then Tim Jernigan, the Eagles have really been lacking interior pass rush next to Fletcher Cox. Atkins has a few more expensive years left on his deal but would make an immediate impact. 

Jets DT Leonard Williams

The Jets have said they don’t want to trade Williams, but he’s in the final year of his contract (a fifth-year option season) and he was a first-round pick of a previous GM. The Eagles also obviously have a pretty close relationship with the Jets' current GM, Joe Douglas. Williams wants big money, which might be a problem since the Eagles already have big money committed to Cox. Maybe he’d be too expensive as a rental, but it’s worth a call. 

Jets WR Robby Anderson

The 26-year-old is on that sinking ship in New York and has plenty of downfield speed. The Eagles have missed the deep threat DeSean Jackson was supposed to provide. 

Dolphins WR DeVante Parker

The Dolphins have seemingly traded everyone else, so why not Parker? He could definitely use a change of scenery and is still on a pretty team-friendly deal for two years. He isn’t having a great year but is averaging 15.8 yards per catch. 

Bengals WR A.J. Green

I don’t know what it would cost and Green is 31 and coming off an ankle injury, but it’s worth a call. He isn’t expected to return until after the trade deadline, which makes things tricky. 

Broncos EDGE Von Miller

Miller was at the Eagles-Cowboys game in Dallas on Sunday, so unfortunately he watched that butt-whooping. I’d put this in the “worth a call” category. 

Bengals EDGE Carlos Dunlap

The Bengals should really be selling and the Eagles need more pass rush. He’s 30 and signed through 2021.

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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