Trade Deadline: 3 players the Eagles could sell at the deadline
Mark your calendar, Eagles fans. Tuesday, November 2nd at 4 PM EST is the official date and time for the 2021 NFL trade deadline. With the Philadelphia Eagles sitting at a 2-5 record, there’s a good chance they are sellers at the deadline. The Eagles travel to Detroit this Sunday to face the 0-7 Lions. If they somehow lose, it only increases the chances they decide to part ways with some players.
The Eagles won’t come out and tell the media that they are rebuilding, but let’s not kid ourselves here. This team has a rookie head coach, a young and inexperienced quarterback, as well as a ton of young talent they hope to develop. They are slowly starting to lose the core of this team.
First, Brandon Graham goes down with a season-ending injury, Zach Ertz gets traded, while Fletcher Cox and Lane Johnson aren’t getting any younger. With the hopes that a higher draft pick can benefit them in the long run, it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Eagles bolster their draft capital for this offseason.
Here are a couple players the Eagles could deal by the 2021 NFL trade deadline:
Derek Barnett continues to show undisciplined behavior in his now 5th season in the NFL. Add that on top of his lack of production and his impending free agency, his future in Philadelphia doesn’t look bright. Even with Brandon Graham out, Barnett isn’t taking advantage of the opportunity. In fact, Josh Sweat earned the team’s trust enough to command a three-year $40 million extension.
The former first-round pick has yet to live up to his hype on the blindside. Teams around the league are always looking to address the left tackle position and have inquired about Dillard. The Eagles appear to have both tackle positions locked up for the time being. So, it is only right they try to get some compensation for Dillard.
Steven Nelson appears to be a solid offseason signing by the Eagles; however, he is on a one-year deal. This team is clearly in the middle of a rebuild/retooling and they just got a young defensive back, Tay Gowan, in the Ertz trade. On top of that, Philly needs to find out what they have in rookie CB Zech McPhearson. There’s no better time to do that than right now, with their playoff hopes slipping away.
The only issue with this trade is that the Eagles lack cornerback depth. Moving Nelson could potentially move Avonte Maddox back to the outside, which isn’t favorable for him. Especially considering he’s been playing well in the slot this season. This trade candidate feels like it has less chance of happening than the others due to Nelson being so productive this season, logging an interception, and giving up only 299 yards.
Howie Roseman invested a first-round pick into Barnett and Dillard and both were viewed as potential building block pieces. Instead, they got beat out by players taken way later in the draft. At least those positions were eventually addressed. The problem is the Eagles’ GM essentially wasting resources.
If you couldn’t tell, I don’t feel too confident in Howie making potentially three first-round selections in 2022. On the bright side, Roseman has a reputation for making good trades. I think there’s a good chance Howie uses this trade deadline to stock up on some more ammunition in the 2022 draft.
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