The 2017 NFL trade deadline has passed without the Philadelphia Eagles making a major deal.
But one thing the Eagles did NOT do is acquire an offensive tackle before the deadline passed. Several reports indicated Philly was looking for a tackle, but ultimately a deal failed to materialize. The Duane Brown trade, which ended up being expensive for the Seahawks, likely caused the market price to be too high for the Eagles’ interest.
And so the Eagles will move forward with Halapoulivaati Vaitai as their starting left tackle in absence of Jason Peters. Isaac Seumalo will continue to be the top backup to Vaitai and Lane Johnson. After Seumalo, it’s former defensive tackle Taylor Hart. Former tight end Dillon Gordon is on the practice squad. So, yeah, that’s not very encouraging depth.
If the Eagles want to add another tackle to the roster, they’ll have to do it through free agency at this point. It’s worth noting the Eagles worked out two offensive linemen on Monday.
Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman was asked how he feels about the team’s offensive line on Tuesday.
We draft and develop players, and V [Halapoulivaati Vaitai] was probably one of the most improved players on our football team during training camp, and you draft those guys, you develop them, you put them through the program so that they get opportunities like this. We have a lot of confidence in him and the rest of the offensive line is intact and we have some veteran players behind that that have started games and been success in the National Football League.
So I guess to answer your question: Good.