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NFL Trade Deadline: Should the Eagles try to deal offensive lineman Dennis Kelly?

While he may not fetch much, Dennis Kelly could be a trade candidate for the Eagles.

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While the Eagles aren't likely to deal for a superstar before the NFL trade deadline on Tuesday, they may perhaps take advantage of their depth and deal a bottom of the roster talent. The Eagles were marred with injuries early in the season along the offensive line and also had to deal with right tackle Lane Johnson's suspension. Those absences likely led to the Eagles keeping versatile lineman Dennis Kelly, who started three games this season and was then regulated to being inactive.

Kelly has played in 16 games (13 games) in his career and has performed relatively well. However, it would seem that the team values the likes of Andrew Gardner and Julian Vandervelde over Kelly. Still, Kelly may have value around the league due to his experience, as several teams have lost quite a few starters on their lines.

When you look at the roster, you see that Jason Kelce and Evan Mathis are on the cusp of returning and the Eagles are likely to get rid of a lineman or two when that happens. Unfortunately, Kelly could be one of those "numbers" casualties, despite showing that he can play at the NFL level. Having started at both tackle and guard in his career, Kelly may appeal to a team like the Falcons, that has consistently had issues at both spots.

You may be thinking that Kelly has little value, but the same could have been said for veteran Isaac Sopoaga last year. Kelly is younger, cheaper and plays at a position that is at a high demand right now. Perhaps, the Eagles could swap sixth round picks with a struggling team or get a conditional selection for Kelly's services. General manager Howie Roseman has proven to be an expert at getting something out of nothing during his tenure and Kelly could be his best option to do so this season.

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