Allow me to take you back in time to August 16, 2016.
On that day, the Philadelphia Eagles traded backup offensive lineman Dennis Kelly for Dorial Green-Beckham. It was a pretty popular move at the time.
Now let’s go back to the present. Suddenly that deal doesn’t look so good!
DGB obviously turned out to be a total disaster. The former second-round pick was so bad that the Eagles cut him before training camp this year. Green-Beckham went unclaimed after being release and he’s still a free agent.
In addition to DGB being a bust, Kelly also turned out to be a worthwhile addition for the Titans. The former Eagles fifth-round pick made six starts in 16 games played for Tennessee last season.
Kelly played well enough to earn some long-term security with the Titans. Tennessee officially signed him to a three-year contract extension today, July 26. More on Kelly from our friends over at Music City Miracles:
Kelly, on the other hand, was exactly what the Titans needed. He provided a versatile piece for the team up front, where they lacked depth. Not only did he provide insurance at tackle, but Kelly was used heavily in the run game as an extra blocker. I would expect that role to expand with the loss of Anthony Fasano.
It’s not like the Eagles really miss Kelly; there’s a chance he wouldn’t have made Philadelphia’s active roster last year anyway. And the Eagles were incredibly desperate for wide receiver help that DGB was worth a shot. But there’s no question this is a trade the Eagles clearly lost.
And the fact that DGB ended up being the by-far worst player in this deal is just another reminder of how terrible he was for the Eagles.