With just a few hours remaining before the NFL trade deadline expires at 4:00 PM Eastern, we now have a new rumor that indicates the Eagles are looking for offensive line help. NFL insider Jason La Canfora is reporting that Philadelphia has interest in Raiders blocker Kelechi Osemele (via BGN’s Cody Benjamin).
It’s not hard to believe this rumor could be true. Osemele checks the “Joe Douglas connection” box considering he was selected by the Ravens in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
The Eagles also have an apparent need for offensive line help with starting right tackle Lane Johnson reportedly suffering an MCL injury (in addition to his high ankle injury) that could keep out him for a month. Starting left tackle Jason Peters has also been playing through a torn biceps and a quadriceps injury.
Osemele, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, has the ability to play at every offensive line position except center. The 29-year-old blocker is under contract through 2020 with cap hits of $10.2 million and $11.7 million. That’s not ridiculous money if the Eagles see Osemele as a future starter with Peters potentially retiring after this year.
Acquiring Osemele won’t be cheap. But depending on the price, he could be worth it. It’s definitely at least worth looking into with the Raiders in fire sale mode.
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In other trade deadline news, the Broncos are reportedly sending Demaryius Thomas to the Texans in exchange for at least a fourth-round pick. The Eagles play Houston in Week 16 this season.