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Robertson Philly bound?
Jet's DT Dewayne Robertson reportedly visited the Eagles and could be a trade target for the birds come draft day.
Jets defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson, a No. 4 overall pick in 2003, visited the NovaCare Complex recently to meet with the Eagles and take a physical, according to two league sources.

The Eagles can't comment on Robertson, who is still property of the Jets but became trade bait when New York switched to a 3-4 defensive alignment this off-season and signed Kris Jenkins to play nose tackle.

Robertson, listed by the Jets' Web site as 6-foot-1, 317 pounds, was also in conversations with at least four other teams, said one source, who couldn't confirm if the Eagles had made an offer to the Jets. The Eagles have 11 picks in the draft, which starts next Saturday, and could pick up more if they deal cornerback Lito Sheppard. The Denver Broncos are also reportedly seeking the sixth-year Jet's services.

Robertson recorded 4 sacks last year and could provide the extra inside pass rush the Eagles have been looking for. He'd also probably make Darren Howard expendable. Roberston became surplus to requirements in New York after they switched to the 3-4. He's too big to play end, but he's not quite big enough to play nosetackle. He's really built to play DT in a 4-3.

PFT looks at some potential pitfalls.

Working out a trade with the Jets should be a problem -- a third-round pick, a fifth-round pick, and a case of beef jerkey should get that part of the deal done.  The problem is Robertson's contract.  Less than two months from getting a free and clear release, Robertson has no real incentive to re-do the deal, unless his new team is ready to fork over the cash.

After signing the premier defensive player on the market in Asante Samuel, an 8 sack DE in Clemons, and possibly trading for a big bodied former 4th overall pick in Roberston... it's clear the Eagles are loading for bear on defense.