The NFL trade deadline has come and gone, and predictably there was no movement by the Eagles or 30 other teams, because in-season trades rarely happen because they rarely make an impact. The Patriots traded LB Jamie Collins to the Browns yesterday, and the Lions traded CB Jonathan Banks to the Buccaneers.
The Eagles apparently kicked the tires on Torrey Smith, but the asking price was too high.
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
As painful as the Eagles WRs are, it’s probably for the better. Players acquired in trades during the season rarely make an impact. Last season Jared Allen was traded to the Panthers in September, he had just 2 sacks in 12 games; Vernon Davis was dealt to the Broncos and caught 20 passes for just 201 yards and 0 TDs in 9 games; in 2014 Percy Harvin was dealt to the Jets and caught 29 passes for 350 yards and 1 TD in 8 games. These are the caliber of player that is available: aging overpriced players who then aren’t on the team the next year. It’s just not worth the cap space and draft picks to give up for a rebuilding team to get someone with limited impact.
So for the Eagles, it’s more of the same at WR this season. Though in the wake of Josh Huff’s arrest today, maybe that will get speedster Bryce Treggs in the lineup. That’s kind of like a trade?