The NFL trade deadline is today, November 1, at 4:00 PM ET. The trade deadline in the NFL is usually a fairly quiet affair, but there has been plenty of noise around the Eagles’ interest in making a move, and Howie Roseman is notorious for his affinity for trades.
We’ll be keeping a close eye on the rumor mill all day long and updating here as necessary. Check back often for updates.
[UPDATE: 4:15 PM ET] - The Eagles didn’t make a trade.
Eagles confirm: no trades.— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) November 1, 2016
[UPDATE: 3:48 PM ET] - The trade probably isn’t happening.
Torrey Smith said there were trade negotiations, but if something happens in next 15 minutes he'd be shocked.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) November 1, 2016
[UPDATE - 3:23 PM ET] - ESPN’s Ed Werder with an update on the Torrey Smith price.
Ed Werder, on ESPN: Eagles are willing to trade a fifth-round pick for Torrey Smith. 49ers want a third-rounder.— Adam Hermann (@adamwhermann) November 1, 2016
My take: Way too high a price to justify the deal. I could maybe, maybe see the Eagles coming down to a fourth to have it make a little more sense. They have two fourth-round picks this year, which would soften the blow. A third-round pick is extortion, and won’t happen with Howie at the sticks.
The original report of the Eagles’ interest in the Niners’ Torrey Smith came from PFT’s Mike Florio on October 24, and was quickly confirmed by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, making it a bona fide, gold-star rumor. Rapoport almost never gets things wrong, making this rumor a very credible one.
Then things were quiet for a while. Doug Pederson said there was no legitimacy to the rumors, which we thought at the time was possibly true, but also possibly just misdirection.
Florio then reported on October 30 that the talks between the Eagles and the Niners weren’t dead just yet.
Pederson said Monday afternoon that, as far as he knows, the Eagles weren’t trying to make a move for a receiver, which was likely true in syntax only.
Then, just yesterday evening, ESPN’s Adam Caplan tweeted this in response to a question about whether the Eagles were still trying to land a WR:
So, talks are likely happening, and we’ll see where they end up by the deadline.