The Eagles have found a potential trade partner for Andre Dillard
Around the NFL, teams have begun shedding contracts to get under the new NFL salary cap. The Kansas City Chiefs made two moves yesterday that very few people saw coming, as they released their franchise left tackle Eric Fisher and right tackle Mitchell Schwartz. Both lineman started in Super Bowl 54 when Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers.
Both moves are definitely surprising. Eric Fisher was a number one overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft and was the cornerstone of the Chiefs’ franchise for the better part of a decade. This is interesting news for the Philadelphia Eagles, who have a first round talent in Andre Dillard on the outside looking in on a starting position on the Eagles’ offensive line in 2021.
Dillard hasn’t impressed much for the Eagles since being drafted in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He missed all of last season with torn biceps. With Dillard out, Jordan Mailata was given the majority of playing time and impressed everyone with his solid play. Mailata could be the Eagles left tackle of the future. At the very least, he is a cheaper option for the Eagles, who are in desperation mode restructuring contracts trying to get under the NFL’s new salary cap.
The Eagles could use Dillard as a trade piece around draft time this year in order to obtain more picks. As we all know, the Eagles have battled injuries along the offensive line over the past few seasons, so it might make sense to keep Dillard around as a depth piece but if you can unload Dillard and get something valuable in return, a call needs to be made.
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