Trade Rumors: Five players the Eagles could target ahead of Nov. 1 deadline
With the November 1 trade deadline just six days away, teams around the league will be looking to add playmakers as they gear up for potential playoff runs.
Although there are no apparent weaknesses on their roster, the 6-0 Eagles have been linked to several names that could be made available, an indication that Eagles GM Howie Roseman won’t be sitting on his hands.
For what it’s worth, Roseman has a history of making moves at the buzzer:
Howie has typically made trade deadline acquisitions at or right before the deadline:— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) October 25, 2022
2021: Kary Vincent: Deadline day
2019: Genard Avery: Day before deadline
2018: Golden Tate: Deadline day
2017: Jay Ajayi: Deadline day
…in case anyone is getting impatient. Deadline is 11/2.
Here are five trade targets that the Eagles could look into ahead of the deadline.
Albert Okwuegbunam, TE — Denver Broncos
Of the few flaws on the Eagles’ roster, backup tight end is arguably the most significant. If Dallas Goedert were lost for any reason, Jack Stoll and rookie Grant Calcaterra would be the next options — far from ideal.
After Noah Fant was shipped off in the Russell Wilson trade, former 4th-round pick Albert Okwuegbunam was expected to be Denver’s top tight end in 2022. Instead, Okwuegbunam has watched his usage decrease with Nathaniel Hackett in favor of Greg Dulcich and has been a healthy scratch the last two weeks.
The 24-year-old showed flashes in his six starts for Denver last season, catching 33 passes for 330 yards and two touchdowns. Okwuegbunam has some work to do as a blocker, but he’d give the Eagles another vertical threat for a low cost.
HEY-O, ALBERT O!— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) November 14, 2021
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David Montgomery, RB — Chicago Bears
If Roseman is looking for a move parallel to the 2017 trade for Jay Ajayi, David Montgomery fits the bill.
The 224-pounder would give the Eagles a complementary power back who can run between the tackles and wear down defenses. He’d also help with pass protection, where the Eagles’ current backs (Kenneth Gainwell) have struggled at times.
Like Miles Sanders, Montgomery is on an expiring contract and will be a free agent after the season. By moving him now, Chicago would free up carries for rising RB Khalil Herbert while netting a late-round pick.
David Montgomery just kept running and running and running #DaBears— NFL (@NFL) October 25, 2022
📺: #CHIvsNE on ESPN
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Kareem Hunt, RB — Cleveland Browns
Yep, we’re back on the Kareem Hunt train.
After fending off trade rumors all summer long, the Browns are finally biting the bullet and listening to offers for Hunt following their 2-5 start. Hunt, another pending free agent, is averaging career lows in yards/carry and yards/reception with a disjointed Cleveland offense.
With 2-9 likely on the horizon, the Browns need to gather resources as they prepare to move forward with Deshaun Watson. Selling Kareem Hunt now before he walks for nothing would be a good start.
For the Eagles, Hunt would provide Jalen Hurts with another all-purpose weapon in Philly’s high-powered offense. Roseman was reportedly in the mix for Christian McCaffrey before he ultimately went to San Francisco; nabbing Kareem Hunt wouldn’t be a bad consolation prize.
Big day for @Kareemhunt7 @NFLFantasy owners 😁— NFL (@NFL) September 11, 2022
📺: #CLEvsCAR on CBS
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Bradley Chubb, DE — Denver Broncos
The Eagles have been shallow at edge-rusher since losing Derek Barnett and according to reports, a damn good one may be available if Denver doesn’t beat Jacksonville in Week 8. The Broncos have already gotten calls about star defensive end Bradley Chubb, and Philly is rumored to be looking for pass-rush help.
Chubb, 26, has a team-high 5.5 sacks through Denver’s first seven games and is in the final year of his contract. The Broncos are likely eager to recover some of the picks lost in the Russell Wilson trade. As we all know, Philadelphia has an additional first-round selection at their disposal.
Parting with draft assets for young talent at a premium position certainly makes sense, but a hefty payday lies ahead, and the Eagles already have $85M tied up in edge-rushers Haason Reddick and Josh Sweat.
Chubb has battled injuries throughout his career, which could play to Philly’s benefit. A Day 2 pick may get it done if Denver is desperate enough.
>> UPDATE: Eagles have traded for Bears’ pass-rusher Robert Quinn
How many sacks for Bradley Chubb on #TNF? @astronaut #INDvsDEN — Thursday 8:15pm ET on Prime Video— NFL (@NFL) October 5, 2022
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Jabrill Peppers, S — New England Patriots
Peppers is currently buried on New England’s depth chart (he’s played in just 33% of the snaps) and would be an instant upgrade over K’Von Wallace at backup safety. He also brings experience as a return man; undrafted rookie Britain Covey hasn’t inspired much confidence in that area for the Eagles.
Peppers came in HOT 🌶— New York Giants (@Giants) October 24, 2021
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