Will the Philadelphia Eagles be buyers, sellers, both, or neither ahead of this year’s NFL trade deadline? We’ve seen conflicting reports about the team’s intentions but the latest rumor indicates they’ve made at least one player available: safety Will Parks.
This much comes from MMQB’s Albert Breer:
Names of Eagles and Vikings players have continued to pop up, as two teams that expected to contend and have had rough starts consider their options. Eagles S Will Parks and Vikings franchise-tagged S Anthony Harris are new available names that I’ve heard over the last few days.
Interesting because we haven’t seen Parks previously discussed in any trade scenarios. Then again, Adam Schefter did say something to the effect of the Eagles potentially moving secondary player on 97.5 The Fanatic on Wednesday. My BGN Radio co-host Jimmy Kempski mentioned that tidbit on the podcast episode that dropped earlier today.
The Eagles signed Parks, a Philly native, to a one-year contract worth $1.5 million back in March. He figured to be the team’s third safety — filling the old Corey Graham and Andrew Sendejo role — behind starters Rodney McLeod and Jalen Mills. Parks had a nice training camp before suffering a hamstring injury that caused him to miss five games. He returned to play 53.4% of the Eagles’ snaps in Week 6 before dropping down to only 28.3% in Week 7.
The only stats that Parks has logged through two games are three solo tackles and one assisted tackle. Pro Football Focus has him graded out well in run defense but poorly in coverage.
One would think the market for Parks isn’t robust given how he was available for relatively cheap in free agency and he missed some time due to injury. Would think the Eagles could be looking at a seventh-round pick in return. Or maybe some other team’s backup at a position of need like linebacker.
Trading Parks could help the Eagles save come cap space in addition to opening up playing time for rookie fourth-round pick K’Von Wallace and/or Marcus Epps, whom the coaching staff seems to like. Calling up Grayland Arnold from the practice squad is another possibility.
It seems like the Eagles have seen enough to feel that Parks isn’t going to be a long-term piece for them. If that’s the case, they could be looking to get something in return while they can ahead of the 4:00 PM deadline on Tuesday, November 3.
Otherwise, maybe they just cut him?
Should the Eagles trade Will Parks?
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October 30, 2020