The Philadelphia Eagles are 3-4 heading out of the bye week. They're a boring team mired in mediocrity right now. Despite this, they are still very much alive in the weak NFC East. So perhaps the Eagles could look to find a spark through a deal before the 2015 NFL trade deadline takes place at 4:00 PM ET on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
Before addressing some potential trade targets, here's the necessary reminder that the trade deadline is typically quiet in the NFL. Usually there's a minor move or two at most. The Eagles didn't make any moves last season but they did deal Isaac Sopoaga mid-season in 2013. So who knows?
In any case, here are five trade targets for the Eagles to consider. Just have fun with it.
The Cleveland Browns drafted Mingo with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Now he's reportedly on the block because the Browns are having a FIRE (sale). Mingo has played in 38 games and started 16 since being drafted by the Browns. During that time he's recorded one interception, 11 passes defensed, one fumble recovery, seven sacks, and 63 tackles. The Browns were probably expecting more out of him after drafting him so high. Mingo is a really good athlete and the Eagles reportedly preferred him over Dion Jordan in the draft two years ago. The Eagles could use some more depth at outside linebacker. Perhaps Philadelphia could interest the Browns in trading him for Marcus Smith and a pick. A bust for bust kind of deal?
The Eagles reportedly tried to trade for Jackson last season at the deadline but the Buccaneers didn't want to move him. Now the Eagles are in need of wide receiver help more than ever. Philadelphia's current group of pass catchers can barely manage to catch a pass. Meanwhile, 2015 first round pick Nelson Agholor has been banged up and missed a few games recently. Jackson has also missed time with an injury recently, and he's going to be 33 in January. Still, given the Eagles' need for a reliable receiver, maybe the team will revisit the Jackson option.
Who? Hat tip to BGN Radio's James Seltzer on this one. With the Browns supposedly having a fire sale and being willing to part with players like Joe Thomas and Alex Mack, maybe they'd be willing to part with some of their other offensive linemen. The 30-year-old Greco has started 48 games since making his NFL debut in 2008. He has experience playing at all five spots on the offensive line, but most recently he's been starting at right guard for Cleveland. For what it's worth, Pro Football Focus ranks Greco ranks 25th out of 80 guards.
Patterson has been disappointing for the Vikings ever since Minnesota drafted him with the No. 29 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. He's been rumored to be on the trade block for what feels like a long time now, and the fact that he's only been targeted twice this season certainly adds fuel to the fire. The 24-year-old Patterson has some talent. He's not just limited to being a receiver. He can also be used as a rusher, and he showed a lot of potential as a kick returner as a rookie. The Eagles need a skill player who can makes plays so maybe Patterson is worth the risk. Then again, there are reports the Vikings haven't actually made him available.
Remember that dude who randomly had a huge game for the Seahawks in the Super Bowl last year? Well, yeah, that was Chris Matthews. And he's reportedly available. Matthews hasn't been much of a factor in Seattle's offense this year since he's been the fourth receiver. He's only been targeted six times in 123 snaps played. Acquiring Matthews would involve hoping to get lucky on a low cost flyer.