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Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman is always looking to improve his team. With the NFL trade deadline around the corner, reports are beginning to surface detailing Roseman’s plan to add some much needed help in the defensive secondary.
Per Dianna Russini, NFL insider for The Athletic, Howie is working the phones and is specifically looking to add a safety ahead of the deadline.
“Eagles general manager Howie Roseman always has some magic up his sleeve, and he’s been working the phone,” Russini writes. “The Eagles are apparently staying put on running back Rashaad Penny, knowing depth will be necessary for a team that should be making a long postseason run. Philly is looking to make some additions on defense after they suffered a handful of injuries in the defensive backfield, specifically targeting a safety.”
Russini also noted that the team will “stay put” with RB Rashaad Penny; they view him as a valuable depth piece that could pay dividends come December.
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Howie wants to add an impact player at the safety position. The Eagles have dealt with numerous injuries at the position, with Reed Blankenship, Justin Evans, and Sydney Brown all missing time through the first six weeks of the season.
Fortunately for the Birds, there are a number of safeties who may be on the trade block. Broncos’ Justin Simmons, Cardinals’ Budda Baker, and Titans’ Kevin Byard are the big names to keep an eye on. Each of their teams are going to miss the playoffs this year, and two of them (Denver and Arizona) may be in full-on tank mode once the deadline rolls around on October 31.
Even if Howie can’t pull off a blockbuster trade, we fully expect him to add a viable safety within the next few weeks.
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