First it was Jason La Canfora who said the Philadelphia Eagles are going to be “buyers” ahead of the 2020 NFL trade deadline.
Then Adam Schefter, Jay Glazer, and Albert Breer indicated the Eagles are going to be sellers.
Now we have former Eagles president and Howie Roseman mentor Joe Banner saying Philadelphia’s front office has talked to other teams about acquiring help on the offensive line and at linebacker. This much comes for Banner’s interview with the Inquirer’s Paul Domowitch:
Domo: Before the game on Thursday, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer said the Eagles are potential trade-deadline sellers. He said they have told teams they will listen to offers for some of their players. Truth or fake news?
JB: Well, I know for sure the Eagles have had conversations with teams about offensive linemen and linebackers that they are interested in acquiring in a trade. So that contradicts the notion that they’re going to be consequential sellers.
Now, I know what the philosophy of the organization has been for many, many years, and Howie obviously practices this. You never want to shut the door and not listen. So if you’re talking to teams about trades and they ask you if you have anybody you’re looking to move, the obvious correct answer is you say we’re open to looking at anybody if the price is right. Because why would you not at least listen and see if somebody’s willing to really overpay for someone you might have a different valuation of, or a contract situation that makes you interested in moving them?
But I think their mindset is to see if they can’t get a couple of wins here, try to get a little healthier, make a pickup or two before the trade deadline, nothing major, but maybe incremental improvements, and see if they can win the division and see what happens in the postseason.
One would naturally expect the Eagles to gauge prices on players who fit obvious positions of need. No harm in doing that.
One would also hope, though, that the Eagles aren’t seriously interested in giving up any kind of valuable assets for short-term rentals.
Roseman has made a deadline acquisition each of the last three years so it’ll be interesting to see how he handles matters this year ahead of 4:00 PM Eastern on Tuesday, November 3.