NFL trade deadline day is here. Teams have until 4:00 PM Eastern to make deals. Will the Howie Roseman be involved on deadline day for the third year in a row? Let’s take a look at the latest Philadelphia Eagles buzz with just hours to go.
CORNERBACK OVER WIDE RECEIVER?
NFL insider Adam Schefter appeared on the 97.5 The Fanatic Morning Show with Marc Farzetta, Tra Thomas, and Bob Cooney this morning and talked about how the Eagles have been showing a lot of interest in the cornerback position. That’s curious since wide receiver is the much bigger need right now.
FARZETTA: So, you get the sense that the Eagles, if they’re prioritizing one over the other, it would be defensive back over wide receiver?
SCHEFTER: I’m not going to say that — well, I think that they have made more calls on corners than wide receivers, in my opinion, from talking to other teams. Now, look, for all I know they’ve been trying to get a deal done for A.J. Green [for example] or [something] I don’t know about. So, I don’t want to make a blanket statement because these things are very hard to pin down and they’re fluid. But my sense is, I think that there have been multiple cornerbacks that the Eagles have made aggressive pushes on, that they just didn’t believe it was worth pulling the trigger on.
It’s not like the Eagles’ current cornerbacks are so great that the Eagles shouldn’t be exploring the corner market. But there’s at least some level of hope for that position. Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills are back in the starting lineup and, while they certainly have their flaws, the Eagles are 14-5 in games where both of them start (including a Super Bowl win).
Wide receiver is just obviously the bigger need. How are the Eagles really expecting to win with this group for the rest of the season?
LAST FIVE EAGLES GAMES— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) October 28, 2019
Nelson Agholor: 285 snaps, 11 recs, 93 yards (8.5 avg), 0 TD, 1 fumble
Alshon Jeffery: 282 snaps, 25 recs, 268 yards (10.7 avg), 2 TD
Mack Hollins: 182 snaps, 1 rec, 13 yards, 0 TD
JJ Arcega-Whiteside: 29 snaps, 0 recs, 0 yards, 0 TD
DeSean Jackson returning as soon as this week should help, in theory, but how can the Eagles possibly be counting on him given his uncertain injury status? It would be malpractice for the Eagles to not explore upgrades at receiver.
The team has put themselves in a tough spot. Trading a draft pick for a rental receiver — like they did with Golden Tate last year — might not be a great use of resources. Trading for a more long-term piece gets tricky with Jackson and Alshon Jeffery expected to be back in 2020.
If the deadline passes without the Eagles adding a receiver, well, that’s not going to be a great feeling.
ROBBIE ANDERSON PRICE TAG
Anderson is arguably the most logical trade target for the Eagles. Even more so if the cost is really as low as Schefter expects it to be.
FARZETTA: Robby Anderson from the Jets, any chance he gets moved?
SCHEFTER: Yeah. I could see that. The Jets have been open to dealing him. Again, what do you they want to get back [if] they give up Robbie Anderson? I could see him being traded, that wouldn’t surprise me. Mike Evans, I don’t see it. Robbie Anderson, could see it, but I can tell you this: as of yesterday morning, the Jets did not have anything percolating on Robbie Anderson.
FARZETTA: How much do you think that would cost?
SCHEFTER: I’m guessing a fifth-round pick.
Schefter’s comment here seemed more like a total guess than actual inside info but maybe I’m wrong about that. I just think Anderson would cost more than a fifth with Mohamed Sanu going for a second and Emmanuel Sanders going for a third. Trading a fifth for Anderson feels like a no-brainer.
BIG V ON THE MOVE?
There’s been a lot of buzz the Eagles could be looking to trade Halapoulivaati Vaitai. Schefter didn’t do anything to downplay that sentiment.
FARZETTA: Have the Eagles been getting calls on a guy like Halapoulivaati Vaitai?
SCHEFTER: Yes. That’s a guy that I would think would have a realistic chance of being moved today. Now, again, I said to you teams are always looking for cornerbacks and offensive linemen and I think he’s a valued commodity. And there have been teams calling. We’ll see whether or not Philadelphia decides to ship him out today. That wouldn’t surprise me, either, depending on what they’re offered. I could see that being in play, yes.
WILL AN IMPACTFUL MOVE BE MADE AT ALL?
FARZETTA: Are you confident the Eagles will make some kind of impactful move today?
SCHEFTER: I would say this: I’m not expecting them to, but that won’t be for lack effort. And because of that [no] lack of effort, something could always come together. Again, as of right now, do we consider Vaitai, a big trade? Big V? I don’t think so. I could see that happening. I could see them making another move.
VINNY CURRY AVAILABLE?
Jeff McLane offered some insight on the Eagles’ trade buzz.
Howie Roseman wants to make a splash before today’s deadline, but prices are high for starting-caliber talent like CB Darrius Slay. Still some buzz on #Eagles and CB Chris Harris, WR Robbie Anderson. No way WR A.J. Green. RB Le’Veon Bell could be had, but would they even want?— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) October 29, 2019
Also, still hearing the #Eagles are in the sellers market. A lot of buzz around teams throwing out lines for OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai, but one guy who is available, I’m told, is DE Vinny Curry. Not sure if the Eagles could get much in return that would make it worth a trade.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) October 29, 2019
The Eagles have seven defensive ends on the 53-man roster after acquiring Genard Avery from the Cleveland Browns on Monday. Trading Curry would free up playing time for Avery and some of the other younger guys like Josh Sweat and Daeshon Hall.
I think the Eagles would be lucky to get a seventh-round pick for Curry, though. Can’t imagine the 31-year-old has much trade value.