Let me start this off by saying the Philadelphia Eagles are (probably) not trading for Calvin Johnson.
With that said, I just can’t help but note how funny it was to see this tweet about Johnson being spotted on a plane headed to Philly this morning ...
Calvin Johnson on my flight from Detroit to Philly... Still looks like he can run by some CBs!— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) October 29, 2017
...and hey #81 is open on the Eagles!
... followed up by this tweet ...
Lions approached about trading Calvin Johnson's rights, sources tell ESPN. More on Sunday NFL Countdown.... https://t.co/xw6QICRw5v— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 29, 2017
Calvin Johnson to the Eagles, confirmed. There’s no other possible explanation.
Just kidding. There’s obviously a lot of other explanations. Johnson could be on a connecting flight. He could be visiting a friend or relative. Who knows.
It goes without saying that it’d be hard to see the Eagles trade for a wide receiver prior to the 2017 NFL trade deadline. If the Eagles were still employing last year’s group of awful receivers, then maybe there would be something to all of this. But they seem to like what they have right now.
And that’s not even mentioning that: the Eagles are light on future draft picks, Johnson is 32 years old, he’s been out of football for quite some time now, his contract would eat into the Eagles’ limited cap space, etc.
It’s just not happening.
But wouldn’t it be fun if it did? The Eagles are 6-1 and playing really good football. Carson Wentz is performing at an MVP level. He doesn’t lack receiving weapons, but could you imagine adding Megatron to the mix? Whew.
The NFL trade deadline is set for 4:00 PM ET on Tuesday, October 31. It’ll likely pass with Johnson remaining retired or playing for a team that isn’t the Eagles.
Should the Eagles trade for Calvin Johnson?
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UPDATE: See? Not gonna happen.