The Patriots lost their hall of fame TE Rob Gronkowski to retirement this week after nine seasons in New England and that could mean Bill Belichick is on the prowl looking for another tight end to add to Tom Brady’s disposal.
The Eagles currently have just Corey Clement, Josh Adams, and Wendell Smallwood on the roster that has any legitimate playing experience in the NFL in the backfield.
Well, New England has a young, second-year RB in Sony Michel that while did have an impressive rookie season, the Patriots still use James White in a significant role.
Meanwhile, the Eagles have a second-year TE in Dallas Goedert that proved to be a force in the receiving game and as a blocker up-front.
Would the Eagles consider a Goedert for Michel swap?
Why the Eagles would do this
This trade makes a lot of sense for the Eagles based on what they do on offense and what they have/don’t have at TE and RB.
Zach Ertz is 28 years old, coming off a record-breaking 2018 season. With Gronkowski retired, Ertz might be the best TE in the league. Not to mention Doug Pederson still uses 11 personnel as the featured package on offense over 12.
Goedert showed he will produce when his name is called but until Pederson changes his philosophy or Ertz retires/has a significant dip in production, the 2018 2nd round pick will continue to be a rotational piece.
Flipping Goedert for Michel is a pretty good return. Michel was the 31st pick in last year’s draft and if he fell one more spot, the Eagles might have considered taking him.
Michel is a do-it-all back that helped carry the Patriots offense at times late in the season and into the playoffs when Brady struggled. Michel’s six rushing touchdowns in the postseason is second most all-time.
Sony Michel's day was capped with 76 yards after contact, 3 missed tackles forced and five additional first-down carries for the Patriots in their win over KC.pic.twitter.com/ao1iCMadvW
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) January 23, 2019
Sony Michel is playing like a veteran. Very impressed with his vision + how he is able to consistently set up his blocks. There are better examples of that in his clip in my next article but the clip below is an example of his awareness. Turned a potential big loss into 5 yards pic.twitter.com/72NYtL2pSb
— Ted Nguyen (@FB_FilmAnalysis) January 29, 2019
Whether they want to maintain their committee-based approach or use Michel as a three-down back, he would boost the offense in a big way. Despite only seven receptions in the regular season, Michel is a weapon in the passing game as well. The Patriots feature James White in that role so Michel was unable to see a lot of third down opportunities.
— Louie DiBiase (@DiBiaseLOE) March 31, 2018
Another incentive in trading for Michel would be the inexpensive contract ($2 million cap hit in 2019) on top of the 5th-year option they could use since he was a 1st-round pick.
Why the Eagles wouldn’t do this
Howie Roseman has gained a reputation (whether accurate or not) for not caring too much about running backs. The biggest resource they invested in the position since Roseman was put back in power three years ago was a 4th round pick they traded to the Miami Dolphins for Jay Ajayi.
So the idea that he would trade his second-round pick from a year ago for an RB might be hard to believe for some.
The Eagles could also elect to go with a rookie in the upcoming draft that would allow them to keep Goedert as part of the offense.
Would Eagles fans do this?
Doesn’t look like it.
If you were the #Eagles would you do Dallas Goedert for Sony Michel?
— Louie DiBiase (@DiBiaseLOE) March 26, 2019
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