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If Howie starts dealing….who’s out?

Louie DiBiase

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Howie Roseman 2.0 is known for having an aggressive mentality as head of player personnel. He single handily started the trade era in the NFL. Before Roseman began dealing away quarterbacks, leap frogging up draft boards, trading for young talent that have grown stale in other organizations for sometimes silly reasons, most teams were hesitant to move away any sort of draft picks in a trade.

Even when it gets quiet around the Nova Care Complex something could be brewing. Ever heard the saying “It’s quiet….too quiet”? The Eagles have the deepest roster in the NFL and according to NFL Insider Jason La Confora of CBS, Roseman could be looking to deal away some of that depth perhaps for future draft picks or depth at other areas of need (OL, DT, LB).

 “I’d be shocked if the Eagles don’t make at least two more trades before they play a game that counts. This roster is shaping up to be deeper than a year ago and possibly better than a year ago and barring a rash of injuries at particular position groups, they could have more running backs, quarterbacks and defensive backs than they can carry. Howie Roseman will be working the phones, trust me. They may well have too many quality players to fully utilize and if Roseman can spin some of that quantity into truly elite quality for a particular player, he’ll explore every option to do so. And Foles is the biggest trade chip of all, who could yield a reward of future top drafts picks to replenish what they gave away to move up to get Wentz and keep the waters of young, cheap talent flowing here. There is a sense Sudfeld can play in the league and is developing quite well, which could provide ample cover in the event they did move Foles.”

Mentioning Roseman trying to acquire an elite player for quantity really wouldn’t make sense considering the Eagles are practically set at every position.

La Confora points to three positions (QB, RB, and DB) when discussing positions Roseman might be looking at using some talent to trade for picks.

Acquiring draft picks to keep cheap talent flowing through what is a cap-tight roster adds up.

Nick Foles is mentioned as the biggest asset in a trade for the Eagles but unless a Teddy Bridgewater-like incident occurs to a team’s starting quarterback, it doesn’t seem like any team is going to trade a 1st round pick or more for Foles.

Nate Sudfeld is used here as a reason Philadelphia should be comfortable dealing away Foles but perhaps a team wants Sudfeld as a developmental project that could eventually be their starter. If Sudfeld impresses throughout training camp and has a strong pre-season, maybe a team offers a 4th round pick.

The Eagles would be moving their potential backup of the future but as Roseman has done since becoming GM again, he will continue to invest in the QB position. Through free agency and/or the draft next year Roseman and Douglas could look to continue developing signal callers that can be high end backups or trade chips for the team.

Trading a running back would be interesting. Jay Ajayi is a free agent next year and if the Eagles aren’t set on offering an extension, they could move him to a team that would want to trade and extend the 25 year old running back. The Eagles would have to have a lot of confidence that Corey Clement could carry the workload as starting RB in year two, Darren Sproles staying healthy, and two of Matt Jones, Donnel Pumphrey, Josh Adams, or Wendell Smallwood contributing.

Ajayi may not be overly expensive next year however and the team needs him after losing LeGarrette Blount.  The team I’m sure would like to give him a chance of having a season similar to his breakout 2016 season before moving on.

Jan 21, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Jay Ajayi (36) carries the ball past Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Anthony Barr (55) in the fourth quarter during the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Trading any of the running backs competing for the fourth and likely final spot on the roster wouldn’t make sense considering a team could just wait for the Eagles to cut that player and bring them in as a free agent.

Moving a defensive back was also brought up. This is a position that has been pointed to all off-season as a potential spot for Roseman to move some depth.

The Eagles have a deep core of young corners that include Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby, Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas, and Avonte Maddox. Darby is the most likely name of the five that would likely be part of a trade.

The former Florida State Seminole will be an unrestricted free agent after the season and it isn’t likely the Eagles pony up 10+ million dollars to keep him if the other young corners continue to impress.

Losing Darby without a trade would still get the Eagles a compensatory draft pick next year. However, if Roseman could get a higher pick, and/or create playing time for another corner(s) having a strong summer, he could be moved before the start of the season.

There isn’t an obvious trade that Howie Roseman is expected to make but La Confora is right. There are a number of possible trades that the Eagles could make before the season that would take advantage of their impressive depth, in order to collect more assets that help the Eagles stay contenders for years to come.

Louie, an Eagles, and NFL enthusiast all his life has finally found his home to share his thousands of takes on the Philadelphia Eagles with Locked on Eagles. Louie also works in Buffalo sports radio as a writer, host, and producer for WGR Sports Radio 550 the official home of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. He may be far from the nest, but Louie bleeds green just like the rest of Eagles Nation. Fly Eagles Fly.

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