The NFL trade deadline is approaching, and team’s have just a few more hours to make any big moves heading into the second half of the 2018 season. The Eagles were rumored to have interest in a few different big name players at running back, wide receiver and cornerback, and with Derek Barnett now on IR, at defensive end, too.
I reached out to a few of our friends at other SB Nation team sites, to get their impression of what some realistic trade terms would be for some of the offensive players linked to the Eagles.
There’s also been some chatter about bringing back the heir to the Brian Westbrook era in Philly. This move sounds good in theory, but he’s already in his tenth year in the league, and has been battered by injuries the past two season — not to mention having to navigate through his off-field drama.
Sure, he still was a 1,000-yard rusher after leaving Philadelphia, hitting the mark in 2016 and 2017, as well as having a career-high 5.4 yards per carry average in 2016 with the Bills. But this year’s injuries have limited him some, and in seven games, has just 75 carries for 257 yards and ZERO rushing touchdowns — he’s also averaging a career-low 3.4 yards per carry.
“I think McCoy could be had for a second or third-rounder. The reason the price is so high is the rest of the Bills offense. The cupboard is pretty bare here in terms of talent and if they want to provide any stability for their rookie QB, they need McCoy. I expected the trade after the injury to Jay Ajayi, or at least the Thursday Night game later that week. Because it hasn’t happened yet, I think it’s more unlikely and Buffalo is holding out for more value. That price is probably going to be higher than Eagles fans want to pay.”
— Matt Warren, Buffalo Rumblings
And while he might not be mind-blowing productive so far this season, he’s still one of the top talents on the Bills offense, and, with a quarterback situation that is laughable, the team will need him down the stretch.
So, it’s not looking likely that a deal for Bell gets done — mostly because he hasn’t even signed his franchise tag yet, allowing him to be up for trade.
But, if were available, what would kind of offer would the Steelers consider to make the move? I asked Jeff Hartman from SB Nation’s Steelers site, Behind the Steel Curtain:
“To be honest, no one is really sure what to expect based on the fact it would depend what was offered. Would the Steelers trade Bell for a player who fits a team need (CB/ILB) and maybe a late round pick next year? Probably. Would they trade him for a 4th rounder next year? No. The Steelers will want at least a 3rd round pick for Bell, considering that is what is expected as a compensatory pick if/when he leaves via free agency.”
— Jeff Hartman, Behind the Steel Curtain
Another writer at BtSC suggests trading Bell to the Eagles for a fourth round draft pick and Ronald Darby.
The former first-round wide receiver started getting some attention the past week or two, as teams were eyeing additional offensive talent, and it was reported the Eagles had reached out to the Dolphins for more information.
“The Dolphins reportedly want a third-round pick for Parker, who has been struggling to get on the field due to a lingering quad injury. In 2018, the wideout only had two catches for 40 yards in just two games. Through Parker’s first three seasons in the NFL he’s had 139 receptions for 1,908 yards and eight touchdowns.
The former first-round pick comes with a pretty hefty cap figure as well; Miami exercised Parker’s fifth-year option, which means the receiver is set to receive $9.39 million next season.”
—Alexis Chassen (Me), Bleeding Green Nation
I wouldn’t be surprised if that asking price went up after the Dolphin’s Week 8 matchup against the Texans, where Miami’s lone bright spot was DeVante Parker. The team may not be willing to part with him at all at this point, as they need the depth at the position, even if he isn’t their long term solution.
He was one of the receivers whose name kept popping into conversations about how the Eagles would boost their receivers corp, but those dreams began looking like an actual possibility when Jackson asked the Bucs for a trade ahead of the deadline.
“What would the Eagles offer up? Well, unfortunately it doesn’t seem they have a whole lot to offer the Buccaneers which would help in an area of need. There are some intriguing young cornerbacks the Eagles could potentially leverage in a package with a mid to late round draft pick.
However, all of the corners in question have had issues themselves and could bust as much as they could fly in Tampa Bay’s secondary.”
—David_Harrison, Bucs Nation
Jackson reportedly asked for the trade after being upset that the team was giving the offense back to Jameis Winston, instead of handing things over to Ryan Fitzpatrick after his impressive early-season performance. Winston, however, was benched last week after throwing four interceptions, and the team has already announced Fitzpatrick is the guy in Week 9.
Was this done to appease Jackson? Probably not. But it might go a little ways to making him happy in the short term, while the coaching staff and quarterback room are all fighting for their jobs. It’s probably not realistic that Tampa Bay trades him on Tuesday, and even less likely he ends up in Philly.
There are also some teams to keep an eye on, as they’ve started unloading just about everyone and are starting to rebuild around their new front office and coaching staff.
New York Giants
Heh. The Giants are funny. They have arguably two of the most talented offensive players in the entire NFL, but they won’t move on from Eli Manning for either of them to be successful.
The team has already gotten rid of Eli Apple and Damon Harrison, and are reportedly not done yet.
“Which players will go? We have heard speculation about cornerback Janoris Jenkins and safety Landon Collins, even reports that the Giants have an offer for Odell Beckham Jr. We have heard reports that linebacker Olivier Vernon won’t be moved, but until the deadline passes that can’t be a sure thing.”
—Ed Valentine, Big Blue View
The team had 16 (!!) free agents in for workouts earlier this week, and could be prepared to add to their roster in the event they find themselves with some openings come Tuesday evening.
But, regardless — and unfortunately for them —, the Giants aren’t getting rid of Odell Beckham Jr. or Saquon Barkley.
The team has already gotten rid of Kalil Mack at the onset of the season, and just last week sent Amari Cooper to Dallas, but the new Jon Gruden-led team could just be warming up.
“The Raiders already have three first round picks in 2019 and two in 2020 from the trades of top picks Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper. And top pick Karl Joseph has also been rumored to be on the block.
The latest report has the Raiders shopping veterans Bruce Irvin and Rashaan Melvin, basically for whatever they can get. As NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero explains it, he is available for a late round draft pick.”
—Levi Damien, Silver and Black Pride