Today’s a big day! That’s right, it’s Election Day in the United States, so go out and vote if you haven’t already.
But it’s also a big day because it’s time for the NFL trade deadline. Teams have until 4:00 PM Eastern to get deals done. After that, they won’t be able to make swaps until the new league year begins in March 2022. The passing of the trade deadline also means all players — including vested veterans — will be subject to waivers upon being cut.
We’ll be keeping tabs on all Philadelphia Eagles and relevant league-wide news in this NFL trade rumors tracker. Newest updates will be posted at the top.
[3:52 PM ET] - Jeff McLane of the Inquirer reports the Eagles were “aggressively trying to move Fletcher Cox, even in spite of [his] massive dead cap.” He also added that there were “too many obstacles” to get a deal done. A Cox trade will be something to watch when the offseason rolls around.
[3:49 PM ET] - NFL inside Ian Rapoport says the Eagles are not trading Fletcher Cox. Cox posted the following Instagram message shortly prior to the deadline:
[1:44 PM ET] - NFL insider Jay Glazer tweeted that “Teams have been inquiring about trading for Pro Bowl DT Fletcher Cox.” This much echoes the report we saw from Ian Rapoport on Sunday. But that Glazer, who doesn’t get into much speculation, is saying this makes one wonder if it could actually happen. Interesting.
[12:46 PM ET] - BGN alumnus and NJ.com writer Mike Kaye reports the Eagles are likely to hold on to Andre Dillard through the deadline. Dillard has value as a backup left tackle; he’s been better than expected when he’s had to play. It’s possible that Dillard could still be a future starter for the Eagles with Jordan Mailata eventually moving to right tackle if the team parts ways with Lane Johnson. But it’s not financially realistic to move on from Johnson, who is still playing well, until 2024 at the earliest. And Dillard is only signed through 2022. The Eagles have the ability to pick up Dillard’s fifth-year option for 2023 but it wouldn’t make sense to spend that much guaranteed money on a backup. So, there’s a case to be made it’s unwise for the Eagles not to trade Dillard right now, depending on the offers they’re getting. This could be their opportunity to sell high on Dillard.
[11:16 AM ET] — Not exactly a shocker but Aaron Wilson reports Deshaun Watson is unlikely to be traded today. The Eagles had a lot of interest in Watson but he reportedly wouldn’t waive his no-trade clause to play in Philly. Watson not being moved is relevant because the Dolphins were rumored to be interested in him and Philly obviously owns Miami’s 2022 first-round pick.
[11:04 AM ET] - Previous Eagles trade rumors include: the Eagles receiving calls about Andre Dillard. And the Eagles receiving calls about Fletcher Cox. Roseman will likely only move Dillard for a relatively high price (third-round pick?) that he won’t get. Cox likely isn’t going anywhere after the Eagles restructured him earlier this year.
[11:02 AM ET] — Howie Roseman is obviously one of the NFL’s most active GMs when it comes to trades, so it’s quite possible he’s working on some wheeling and dealing. But the guess here is we won’t see some kind of big fire sale, even though the Eagles should be looking to sell some of their pieces. Andre Dillard and Eric Wilson are two of the more obvious names to watch. It’s quite possible the Eagles have already gotten their trading action in after dealing Zach Ertz and Joe Flacco. We’ll see. It’s also possible they buy on a young player they like, as they did with Genard Avery in 2019. Of course, that deal wasn’t the best use of a draft pick, so hopefully they do better this time.