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Eagles Outlook: Former second-round safety listed as a potential trade candidate for Howie Roseman

As Week 3 rapidly approaches, there’s been some buzz surrounding the Eagles and potential trade candidates.

With Avonte Maddox set to miss the entire season after tearing his pec last Thursday night, and the general state of the safety position, it would make sense for Howie Roseman to target a corner or safety at the upcoming trade deadline.

While the fans would love to see a Budda Baker trade, it still remains unlikely. He’s going to cost around $13M for this season alone and he wants a hefty payday when his contract expires at the end of the year. Not to mention, the Cardinals are going to want a premium return for arguably their best player on either side of the ball.

The far more likely option is Carolina Panthers S/LB hybrid Jeremy Chinn, who’s been rumored to be on the trade block. The PhillyVoice’s Jimmy Kempski recently listed Chinn as a probable target for Philly, writing, “Chinn would make a whole lot of sense for Sean Desai’s defense in a safety/linebacker/slot corner hybrid role, particularly against opposing tight ends.”


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Mike Kaye, a Panthers reporter for the Charlotte Observer, also noted that Chinn being dealt by the deadline makes some sense. “Chinn has always been an unusual fit within this defense. He’s kind of a man without a home, despite the staff’s constant praise of him. While Brian Burns’ name will be thrown around with trade rumors before the deadline, Chinn should probably be right there with him.”

Sitting at 0-2 with an injured rookie quarterback, Carolina selling the farm at the deadline isn’t out of the question.

Chinn, 25, was selected in the second-round of the 2020 NFL Draft by Carolina. He was taken 64th overall, 11 picks after the Eagles selected QB Jalen Hurts. At the time, there were plenty of Eagles fans (including myself) who were banging the table for Chinn at 53rd overall. Howie, as he usually does, made the right choice going with Hurts. But now that Chinn could potentially be on the move, Howie could snag him for pennies on the dollar.

The Panthers safety hasn’t reached his potential quite yet, but in the right defensive scheme, he should be able to thrive. Sean Desai loves hybrid players who can play around the line of scrimmage and drop back into coverage when need be. Chinn certainly fits that bill.

The Eagles could really use this type of athleticism in their secondary

Last year, Chinn logged over 150 defensive snaps as a box safety, free safety, and as a slot corner. The Eagles don’t have a swiss army knife type of player anymore. Although Sydney Brown could possibly be that one day, he still has developing to do, and learning behind Chinn could pay dividends down the line.

It wouldn’t cost a whole lot to get Chinn to Philly. With a $2.9M base salary for this season, he’d be a cost effective solution to the Eagles secondary woes. And at just 25 years old, he could be a long-term solution as well if everything pans out.

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