How do the Broncos and Falcons trade rumors benefit the Eagles?
With only one day left until the start of the 2021 NFL Draft, things have begun to heat up within the top ten. Earlier today, the Denver Broncos traded for Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater, and the Atlanta Falcons have made an ultimatum regarding the 4th pick. At first glance, this might seem like it has nothing to do with the Eagles, but these moves could massively benefit the Eagles come tomorrow.
Panthers are trading to QB Teddy Bridgewater to the Broncos for a sixth-round pick, as @TomPelissero reported.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 28, 2021
Panthers paying Bridgewater $7 million, Broncos paying him $3 million, per source.
Trade does not take Denver out of QB market Thursday night, per source.
Denver has been a significant candidate to select a QB early on during this draft, and while they remain adamant regarding that, this trade speaks otherwise. Teddy has roughly $40 million remaining on his two-year contract, and Drew Lock is still in town. It doesn’t make a lot of sense for the Broncos to have three starting-caliber QBs on their roster. Alongside taking a quarterback, the Broncos have also been linked to trading back from the 9th pick.
Now teams like New England could view that selection as a prime opportunity to get someone like Trey Lance. If this is the case, another QB going before Philly could allow Jaylen Waddle and Jaycee Horn to slide another pick and give the Eagles more options at #12. Also, it could make trading up for the Eagles easier if someone like Ja’Marr Chase were to slip.
Another trade rumor has been the Atlanta Falcons with the #4 pick. After San Francisco traded up to #3, there was a lot of mystique about what the Falcons would do and if they would take their QB of the future. Currently, they have been shopping the pick heavily and reportedly want a very high price. This morning another report dropped saying Atlanta wouldn’t mind staying at four and taking Florida TE Kyle Pitts. Announcing this seems like a smokescreen to get better offers and nothing more than a bluff.
Even if just one of these deals went through, it would be huge for the Eagles, let alone two. Until then, we are in a waiting game to see how tomorrow’s draft board falls. The Eagles have been linked to numerous top prospects like DeVonta Smith and Jaycee Horn, so there is no knowing what Howie Roseman will do.
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