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NFL Trade Rumors: 5 players Eagles could still deal as final cuts deadline approaches

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40.

That’s the number of player trades Philadelphia Eagles executive Howie Roseman has executed during his tenure, per the Inquirer.

Five of those deals took place since the beginning of this year’s training camp: Allen Barbre, Jordan Matthews, Matt Tobin, Terrence Brooks, and Jon Dorenbos.

That’s a lot. And Roseman might not be done just yet.

Here’s a list of five players that still could be traded around the time final cuts take place this Saturday at 4:00 PM ET.

Mychal Kendricks

Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice reports the Eagles are still willing to trade Kendricks despite the linebacker’s standout summer showing. But how could this be? Surely Kendricks is too valuable to ship out, right?

Eh. I think people have gotten a little carried away with the Kendricks hype. Has he had a good preseason? Absolutely. Is he some important contributor to this defense? No.

The reality is the Eagles don’t highly value Kendricks. He only played 27% of the team’s defensive snaps last year. That’s probably not going to change a lot this season. If it was, he wouldn’t be playing with the backups when the starters were pulled out of the preseason games.

Kendricks is an erratic player. He’s been very up-and-down over the course of his career. Go back and watch the Eagles-Lions game from last season and then tell me how you feel about Kendricks.

Kendricks knows he’s not wanted here. That’s why he requested a trade, which the Eagles ultimately denied. (Probably because they couldn’t get the kind of value they wanted ... reportedly a fifth-round pick.)

Some have argued the Eagles should keep Kendricks around because the Eagles are light on linebacker depth. It’s a fair point. Jordan Hicks has an injury history. Nigel Bradham is potentially facing suspension. The Eagles have a lot of untested depth players behind their starters.

Still, trading Kendricks is hardly a move that will sink the defense. Getting a fourth-round pick for him would be a good trade, in my view. A fifth-round pick might be more realistic. He’s going to be gone after this season anyway due to his contract. For the Eagles, saving cap space now and getting an asset in return could be worth shipping out Kendricks.

Bryce Treggs

The Eagles have a tough decision to make at wide receiver. Offensive coordinator Frank Reich had high praise for the position group.

This is, without a doubt, the best group that I've been around for a while. I mean, from top to bottom, very competitive. They've all flashed. They all deserve to be here. I believe some of these guys, for a couple guys who might not be here, I think they're going to end up someplace else. That's how confident we feel in this group.

Treggs has performed well in practice all offseason. Through two preseason games, he has eight receptions for 100 yards. Still, he’s on the roster bubble in Philadelphia. With five players set to be locked in ahead of him, Treggs is competing with the likes of Greg Ward and Shelton Gibson for a roster spot.

A team out there looking for more speed at the receiver position could be interested in Treggs. Treggs wouldn’t fetch much, but maybe the Eagles can trade him for another team’s depth linebacker (Kendricks replacement).

Steven Means

Means has had a great preseason. He’s been one of -- if not THE — league’s best pass rushers this summer, according to Pro Football Focus. The Eagles could easily keep Means as their fifth defensive end. He’d give the team nice depth.

But Means isn’t necessarily a big special teams contributor. And Philadelphia might want to keep Alex McCalister, a seventh-round pick from Roseman’s alma mater (Florida) in 2016, instead. McCalister (23) is three years younger than Means (26). He’s also under contract through 2019 while Means is a restricted free agent after this season.

A Means trade could look similar to the Terrence Brooks deal. Maybe the Eagles get another team’s depth player and/or a late-round pick from a team desperate for pass rush help.

Justin Hamilton

Hamilton’s in a similar situation to Means. He’s played well this summer but there’s a numbers crunch at the defensive tackle position. Fletcher Cox, Tim Jernigan, and Beau Allen are locks. The Eagles are also high on Destiny Vaeao. That’s four defensive tackles. 2017 sixth-round pick Elijah Qualls has been standing out as a pass rusher. It’s hard to imagine the rookie would clear waivers.

The Eagles could try to stash Hamilton on their practice squad. Or they could figure someone’s going to pick him up and try to get anything they can for him. Maybe a deal where the Eagles trade a 2019 seventh and Hamilton for a team’s 2019 sixth. Small potatoes, but better than nothing.

Jason Kelce

Kelce getting traded would be this year’s version of last year’s Sam Bradford trade. What I mean by that is that it’d take a strong offer for the Eagles to move on, I think. Not a first-round pick. That’s not realistic. But certainly more than a fifth.

I think a Kelce trade would take some team suddenly getting really desperate for a center, just like the Vikings suddenly needed a quarterback before last season. That doesn’t seem likely right now, unless there’s a team out there that just really feels bad about what they have at center.

For now, I think Kelce stays. It is worth noting that Kelce’s backup, Stefen Wisniewski, has played well this summer, though. It’s always worth remembering the Eagles were reportedly considering moving on from Kelce earlier this offseason.