The 4:00 PM EST 2014 NFL trade deadline has passed without the Philadelphia Eagles making a deal. As expected, it was a relatively quiet deadline league-wide. One notable trade included the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sending Mark Barron to the St. Louis Rams. The Rams sent two draft selection in exchange for Barron: a 4th round pick and a 6th round pick.
Last season, there was only one deal on deadline day. As you know, that trade involved the Eagles sending Isaac Sopoaga and a 6th round draft pick to the New England Patriots in exchange for a 5th round draft pick.
Philadelphia was involved in a few rumors heading up to this year's deadline. One report via Ian Rapoport linked them to Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson. Another report from ProFootballTalk indicated the Eagles have interest in trading for a starting safety.
With no move for a safety, the Eagles will stick with Nate Allen as their starter for the rest of the season. It's no secret Allen has struggled this season. His most recent mistake was especially damaging. Allen allowed what ended up being the game-winning touchdown to Cardinals wide receiver John Brown in Philadelphia's 24-20 loss to Arizona. Despite this, defensive coordinator Bill Davis has no plan bench the veteran safety.
"Absolutely confident in Nate Allen," Davis said. "No question. Perfect season? No. Go to film of other players on other teams, mistakes are made."
Considering Chip Kelly's penchant for continuity, it's hardly surprising the Eagles didn't make a deal. Kelly expressed his satisfaction with the team's current roster on Monday.
"The NFL trade deadline is overblown," Kelly said. "I don’t anticipate doing anything. I’m very happy with the team we have right now. I love the way they can compete."
Another thing to note regarding the passing of the deadline: ALL NFL players, including veterans, are now subject to waivers until the end of the playoffs.