NFL insider Jason La Canfora put out a list of the “most realistic” candidates to be moved prior to Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline and a certain Super Bowl MVP was included among them. Here’s the entire group:
Quarterback: Tyrod Taylor, Nick Foles
Running back: Le’Veon Bell
Wide receiver: Emmanuel Sanders, Demaryius Thomas, Pierre Garcon
Defensive back: Chris Harris Jr., Bradley Roby, Gareon Conley, Karl Joseph, Janoris Jenkins, Deone Buccanon
Pass rushers: Bruce Irvin, Shane Ray
Linebacker: Jamie Collins
This isn’t the first time La Canfora has mentioned the possibility of the Eagles trading Foles; he’s previously brought it up on multiple occasions.
There’s certainly some sense to trading Foles. The Eagles could save some cap space and get an asset that’s worth more than having Foles play zero snaps each week. Some will argue that Foles still has a lot of value as an insurance policy to Carson Wentz, which is reasonable. But with Nate Sudfeld showing No. 2 quarterback potential, isn’t there a situation where Foles’ value is higher in a trade than it is remaining on the team? (Answer: yes.)
Debating whether the Eagles should trade Foles or not ultimately feels pointless because it doesn’t seem like there are logical suitors out there. Maybe the Jaguars would do it but they might prefer Taylor’s mobility to Foles’ style. The 49ers seem insistent on going forward with C.J. Beathard and getting a very high draft pick. The Dolphins seem to make sense given Ryan Tannehill’s nebulous injury situation and Brock Osweiler being terrible. Plus we know Howie Roseman has a working relationship with Mike Tannenbaum.
The feeling here is the Eagles missed their best chance to get value for Foles. Philadelphia reportedly turned down the No. 35 overall pick (at least) to keep him on their roster instead. Wentz’s recovery from ACL injury likely gave the Eagles some pause in moving Foles but, as the 2017 Eagles showed us, sometimes it takes being aggressive to win in the NFL. There’s an argument to be made the value that Foles could’ve brought in a trade would be worth more than he’d provide to the Eagles in 2018.
But alas, what’s done is done and it seems Foles is likely to remain with the Eagles despite what La Canfora has to say.
Elsewhere on the list, there are certainly some names that should appeal to the Eagles. Sanders and Harris Jr. are veterans that could help Philadelphia win now. Conley is an interesting buy low candidate if the Eagles like his long-term potential.
La Canfora recently said that Bell is a player the Steelers hope the Eagles will call back on. He said a third-round pick would get a dead done. Keep in mind that the Eagles could potentially recoup a 2020 third-round compensatory pick if Bell signs a big deal with another team in free agency after this season.
The Eagles could certainly afford to add some help in the backfield and I’ve heard they’ve looked into options outside of just Bell and LeSean McCoy. The idea that they’re completely happy with their running backs isn’t entirely true.
Less than 24 hours remain until Tuesday’s 4:00 PM deadline. Let’s see what Roseman’s got up his sleeves.
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