This isn't your grandfather's NFL trade deadline.
For years, trades hardly went down in the NFL, especially in the season. That changed, significantly, this year. The fireworks started Monday night when the 49ers traded for Jimmy Garoppolo.
While that move has indirect impact on the Redskins (read about that here), another trade will have a more immediate impact on the NFC East.
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The Eagles traded for Jay Ajayi, a Pro Bowl running back for the Dolphins last year. In 2016, he ran for nearly 1,300 yards with eight touchdowns along with another 151 yards receiving.
Dolphins traded RB Jay Ajayi to Eagles for a fourth-round pick, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 31, 2017
Philadelphia gave up a fourth round pick to get Ajayi, and it signals that the Eagles are really making a run this season. At 7-1, and without another clear threat in the conference, the move makes sense.
Even without Ajayi, the Eagles average 129 yards-per-game on the ground this year, good for 5th in the NFL. Adding Ajayi should help, but it was hardly a position of need with the success of LeGaratte Blount so far this season.
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Elsewhere in the NFC East, a judge ruled that Ezekiel Elliott will begin serving his six-game suspension effective immediately. It's possible Elliott could appeal, again, but that will be up to an army of lawyers.
Losing Elliott is a huge blow for the Cowboys.
Sitting at 4-3, Dallas looked like a possible Wild Card team, but without their star running back for six games, things could get dicey.