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Latest on the Eagles ahead of next week’s NFL trade deadline

Rumor roundup.

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The 2019 NFL trade deadline expires at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, October 29. Let’s take a look at the latest Philadelphia Eagles news and rumors ahead of next week.


The San Francisco 49ers officially traded a third-round pick and a fourth-round pick to the Denver Broncos in exchange for Sanders and a fifth-round pick.

This trade is noteworthy to the Eagles since NFL insider Adam Schefter wrote this over the weekend:

As losses pile up in Denver, the Broncos are likely to be open to listening to offers for wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, sources tell ESPN. There are enough teams expected to be in the wide receiver market in the days leading up to the Oct. 29 trade deadline -- including the Panthers, Patriots, Eagles, 49ers and others -- and Sanders could be on the block.

It’s important to note Schefter didn't explicitly say the Eagles were interested in Sanders as much as he said they’re interested in acquiring a receiver.

Sanders didn’t make sense for the Eagles, especially at the price tag it took to get him. Sanders is a nice player but he turns 33 this offseason and he’s on the last year of his contract. He also hasn’t played in all 16 games since 2016. The 49ers had every reason to be more aggressive in acquiring Sanders since they’re 6-0.

COMP PICK NOTE: San Francisco acquiring Sanders is potentially bad news for the Eagles’ compensatory pick situation. The 49ers currently have seven receivers on ther roster and it could be Jordan Matthews who ends up getting cut. If JMatt is released, the Eagles will miss out on a 2020 fourth-round compensatory pick due to Andrew Sendejo’s presence on the roster. All the more reason for the Eagles to cut Sendejo before Week 10 so they don’t lose that pick.


The 7-0 New England Patriots weren’t satisfied with their 33 to 0 drubbing of their AFC East “rival” New York Jets so they went out and traded their 2020 second-round pick (!) to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for Sanu. That’s ... a higher cost than expected.

No one should be mad about the Eagles not making this deal. Sanu turns 31 this offseason and he’s not the type of receiver this team needs. Sanu is not a speed threat; his 11.4 career yards per reception is slightly higher than Zach Ertz’s 11.1 mark.


The New York Jets’ deep threat is generating interest around the league:

The Eagles reportedly tried to acquire Anderson ahead of last year’s deadline by offering a fourth-round pick.

The Jets obviously turned the Eagles’ offer down but things have changed since then. New York has a new general manager and it just so happens to be former Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas. Anderson is also scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason after being a restricted free agent earlier this year.

Howie Roseman should definitely be calling Douglas about Anderson, especially given DeSean Jackson’s uncertain injury status. Jackson was supposed to be back by now but it doesn’t seem like he’ll return until Week 9 at the earliest. The offense is sorely lacking a deep threat and that’s exactly something Anderson can provide. Anderson boasts 4.36 speed and 14.8 career yards per reception.

The 3-4 Eagles shouldn’t be trading for Anderson as a rental player. If they acquire him, the plan should be to re-sign him once the season is over.


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If the Broncos are willing to sell off Sanders, they must also be willing to sell CHJ. NFL insider Field Yates threw this speculation out there on Tuesday:

In case you missed it over the weekend, former Eagles linebacker Garry Cobb guaranteed the Eagles will trade for CHJ.

Unless the price is a bargain, I’m not so sure the Eagles should be giving up draft picks for an aging rental cornerback. Especially when the team should be getting Ronald Darby, Avonte Maddox, and Cre’Von LeBlanc back from injury soon.


BGN’s Benjamin Natan reported the Eagles offered Nelson Agholor and a first-round pick to the Cardinals in exchange for Peterson but Arizona turned it down.

The Cards seemed likely to be sellers at 0-3-1 but they’ve since won their last three games. Arizona has also publicly denied they’re trading Peterson.

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