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The Eagles acquired star safety Kevin Byard from Tennessee before the trade deadline, but he wasn’t the only player on their radar.
According to a report from ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio, Philadelphia inquired about Broncos All-Pro CB Patrick Surtain II.
“Per a source with knowledge of the situation, both the 49ers and Eagles explored the possibility of trading for Surtain. They both were calling the Broncos, and they each were concerned that the other would end up with Surtain.
It wasn’t to be, however, because the Broncos wouldn’t trade him without a major haul. The Broncos see Surtain as someone who checks every box.”
The Eagles have been battling injuries throughout their secondary this season, particularly in the slot. Avonte Maddox and Zech McPhearson were lost for the year, while their replacement, Bradley Roby, has appeared in just two games since signing due to a pectoral injury.
Darius Slay and James Bradberry have held up on the outside, but both are in their 30s, and a player like Surtain would provide long-term stability at cornerback.
Surtain II, son of three-time Pro Bowler Patrick Surtain, was the No. 9 overall pick by Denver in the 2021 draft. He wasted no time getting acclimated to the NFL, allowing just a 61.3 passer rating when targeted his rookie season.
The Alabama product earned first-team All-Pro honors the following year, recording a pair of INTs, ten passes defensed, a forced fumble, and 60 tackles in 2022.
Surtain would undoubtedly come at a steep price — recent mock trades suggest it would cost at least two first-round picks to have a conversation. In the end, Broncos GM George Paton never considered moving Surtain, although Philadelphia could revisit in the offseason if things spiral in Denver.
It is pretty funny that the Eagles and 49ers were terrified of the other snagging Surtain. Once denied, Philly pivoted to Kevin Byard while San Francisco acquired former DROY Chase Young from Washington.
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