NFL Rumors: Eagles land three-time DPOY in latest mock trade
You can never have enough pass-rushers, right?
While the Eagles lost stout DT Javon Hargrave in free agency, they did well to replace him with Georgia’s Jalen Carter in April’s draft. With fellow Bulldog Jordan Davis poised to progress and 11-year veteran Fletcher Cox returning on a one-year deal, the Eagles’ interior DL remains in peak form.
But what if Philadelphia added additional star power to guarantee a return to the Super Bowl?
Bleacher Report recently released potential landing spots for the NFL’s top trade targets and has seven-time All-Pro DT Aaron Donald coming to Philly in pursuit of his second ring:
Philadelphia Eagles receive: DT Aaron Donald
Los Angeles Rams receive: 2024 first-round pick, 2024 second-round pick
The Los Angeles Rams could be trending toward another lost season. While there are still several key veterans lingering from their 2021 Super Bowl run, the club’s salary-cap woes led to several key veterans departing via trades and free agency this offseason. The remaining holdovers now look like ripe trade targets for contenders seeking roster reinforcements for a run of their own.
Aaron Donald is arguably the biggest prize left in Los Angeles’ lineup. The future Hall of Famer is entering his age-32 campaign and already mulled retirement after winning a ring. It was one of the few pieces of hardware that had eluded the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, but Donald eventually opted to return for 2022 and is now gearing up for his 10th season. He’s still one of the league’s best defensive talents and could net the Rams a king’s ransom of draft capital they desperately need.
The Philadelphia Eagles are one team that may not seem like an obvious landing spot for Donald, but they would benefit more than most from acquiring him. Adding a player of his caliber to a defense that already reached the Super Bowl last year could push this group over the top in 2023.
The move might look a tad redundant on paper due to the presence of players like Fletcher Cox and Jordan Davis, but Donald’s presence would make this defensive line near-unstoppable. He’d also be the perfect player to bridge the gap between the aging veterans and the team’s next wave of defensive line stars like first-round rookie Jalen Carter and 2021 third-rounder Milton Williams.
The Eagles would likely have to send over at least a first-round pick and possibly more to pry Donald away from the only franchise he’s ever played for, but the move would be worth it.
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Excuse me, THE Aaron Donald? The All-2010s HOFer? The three-time DPOY? The guy who single-handedly stopped Joe Burrow in Super Bowl LVI? In Midnight Green? Sign me the hell up.
I don’t care what the price is — if there’s even a 5% chance of acquiring Donald and slotting him next to Jordan Davis, Haason Reddick, and Josh Sweat, you make that trade 11 out of 10 times. Howie Roseman typically holds draft assets tight to chest, but he’ll also swing for big names if the opportunity arises.
Donald carries a $26M cap hit in 2023, so Roseman would have to do some maneuvering to make the money work.
Parting ways with two top picks is a steep price, especially for a player who won’t be here long-term — but winning a title is all about capitalizing on windows. Donald’s is closing and if he’s looking for one last title run, there’s no better place to achieve that than in Philadelphia.
As the saying goes, defense wins championships.
“I’ve got a lot to prove,” Donald told reporters last month. “I didn’t have the season I wanted, obviously coming off of an injury and things like that. I feel like to get to where you need to be, it’s like starting over from scratch again. It’s a brand new year.
Last year was last year, but there’s a little fire lit into me. I got a little motivation towards that to push me to feel like I’m back on ground one. So I’m trying to get back to where I want to be as a player, as a teammate, as a team overall, and that’s been kind of pushing me a little bit.”
Mandatory Credit: Los Angeles Rams