3 Wide Receivers The Philadelphia Eagles Could Target Via Trade
The Philadelphia Eagles seemed pretty content on not pursuing or signing any free agent wide receivers. That isn’t nearly as big an issue as some fans are making it out to be. The free-agent class of receivers wasn’t that intriguing to begin with. This is just getting blown out of proportion due to the glaring need to address the position.
The draft seems like the obvious path to addressing the Eagles need at receiver. However, that isn’t the only way it can be solved. The Eagles have been in many trade rumors for receivers. Today we will be looking at three potential trade targets for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Dede Westbrook of the Jacksonville Jaguars is an intriguing target for many different reasons. The first one being, he could fill in the same role Nelson Agholor played. But, Westbrook is clearly a better player than Agholor. Westbrook is still young (26), and would probably only cost the Eagles a 3rd or 4th round pick. So, a deal for Westbrook wouldn’t cost you too much draft capital.
Not to mention Dede brings some much-needed speed to the Philadelphia Eagles offense. Dede is known for his speed and would be a nice mismatch in the slot; as well as an occasional deep threat. A deal for Westbrook is something I could see the Eagles doing because his cap hit is only $2.3M for this season. If that doesn’t spell Howie Roseman, I don’t know what does.
Kenny Golladay of the Detroit Lions, who is entering the final year on his contract; might be the most intriguing option on this list. Golladay who is only 26, is a really good, young, productive wide receiver. Golladay is coming off of two back to back 1,000 yard receiving seasons. He has also caught a combined 16 touchdowns the past two seasons. Not to mention, the Lions were without their starting quarterback for much of last season.
Kenny Golladay is a realistic target because Detroit is likely going through a rebuild, as they are a team that could be drafting a quarterback in this year’s draft. If Detroit moves on from Matthew Stafford, I would fully expect Kenny Golladay to push for a trade. Golladay could be that young receiver that Howie Roseman wants to grow with Carson Wentz.
With the Carolina Panthers recently signing former New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson to a two-year deal, the Panthers receiving corps is looking pretty stacked all of a sudden since they already had Moore and Curtis Samuel. Now obviously Carolina would love to just roll with the unit they have. But, Moore may see his production go down with all these new receiving options.
Moore has continuously gotten better since entering the NFL. Moore who is only 22 years old, may want a change of scenery to further his career. Philadelphia would be the perfect destination. For one, it is his hometown. Also, Moore would have the opportunity to grow with the young franchise quarterback, Carson Wentz.
D.J. Moore seems like the least likely of these trade targets because of the potential asking price. Moore’s value will only get higher the longer he stays in Carolina. His production keeps on going up each season. But, with the Philadelphia Eagles glaring need at receiver, and Howie Roseman’s recent comments about bringing in a young guy to grow with Wentz, I wouldn’t rule out this trade.