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Trade Candidates for the Eagles

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By Max Derringer October 29, 2020 0 Comment
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The 2020 NFL trade deadline is coming up and the Eagles have plenty of holes on their roster. Do the Eagles look to make a move?

The Eagles have historically been a very active team during the NFL trade deadline under General Manager Howie Roseman. In each of the last three seasons the Eagles have made a trade before the deadline to fill up wholes on the roster:

2017   4th round pick    RB Jay Ajayi
2018   3rd round pick    WR Golden Tate
2019    4th round pick    DE Genard Avery

The Eagles are once again expected to be scouring the trade market, but this years trade deadline may be different in that the team is unlikely to make any blockbuster deals or acquire anyone with a high cap figure. The Eagles are in the middle of a youth movement and are pinching pennies due to their precarious salary cap situation for the 2021 season.

If the Eagles are going to make a trade it will likely be for a player still on their rookie contract or who has one year left on their deal that they believe they can re-sign cheaply next off-season.

Trade Candidates

Offensive Line

A.J. Cann (JAX)

2020 Salary     6.3 million
2021 Salary 6.3 million

The six year veteran and 81 game starter is a serviceable guard who has played his whole career in Jacksonville. With the Jaguars in what seems like a never ending rebuild, they could be looking to unload some veterans for draft picks. The guard play in Philadelphia this season has been poor as seen in recent weeks from Sua Opeta and Jamon Brown. A trade for A.J. Cann would instantly provide the team with the best guard play they have had this season. Cann is signed to a manageable deal next season and the Eagles could look to keep him on as a reserve for both guard spots for the 2021 season once Brandon Brooks and Isaac Seumalo return.

Compensation: Conditional 5th round pick

John Miller (CAR)

2020 Salary     3.9 million
2021 Salary N/A

Miller is another six year veteran who signed a 1 year deal with the Carolina Panthers this offseason and while Miller is not a Pro Bowl caliber player; he has provided adequate guard play throughout his career. Even though Miller only has one year on his contract, the Eagles would not need to break the bank to retain his services if they feel Miller could be a serviceable reserve for the 2021 season.

Compensation: 6th round pick

Running Back

Jordan Howard (MIA)

2020 Salary     4.8 million
2021 Salary 5.0 Million

This season the Eagles have lacked a power run game and their depth behind starter Miles Sanders has underwhelmed. Both Boston Scott and Corey Clement have proven to be ill-suited for primary ball carrier responsibilities during Miles Sanders’ absences. Bringing Jordan Howard back could be a smart move for them as he is familiar with the playbook and was effective with the Eagles last season. Further increasing the likelihood of a trade is the fact that Howard has been inactive the last few games for the Dolphins and they would probably look to trade Howard for whatever they can get.

While Howard does have another year on his  deal, the Eagles are highly unlikely to pay it. The team could look to restructure his contract next off-season or cut him with no dead money on the 2021 cap.

Compensation: 7th round pick

Kerryon Johnson (DET)

2020 Salary     1.7 million
2021 Salary 2.1 Million

Much like Howard, Kerryon Johnson has been phased out of the offensive game plan. Johnson is a former 2nd round pick who has battled injuries during his career, but Johnson was an effective player during his rookie year and the Eagles may think he can return to that level of play with a change of scenery. Johnson also has a cheap contract for the 2021 season and could provide the team with the big back they have been missing while providing more in the receiving game than Jordan Howard does.

Compensation: Conditional 5th round pick

Wide Receiver

Dante Pettis (SF)

2020 Salary     1.7 million
2021 Salary 2.0 Million

Pettis was once a highly touted 2nd round pick but has long been in head coach Kyle Shannahan’s dog house. Pettis has now been relegated to a reserve role on a 49ers team that has dealt with wide receiver injuries all season. The Eagles receiver group is starting to look better in recent weeks, but the team will most likely move on from DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery next season and Pettis could provide valuable depth to the position.

Compensation: 5th round pick

Keke Coutee (HOU)

2020 Salary     0.9 million
2021 Salary 1.1 Million

The biggest problem with Keke Coutee has been his inability to stay healthy, a problem the Eagles are all too familiar with. Trading for Coutee could prove to be a savy move by Howie Roseman as he can be an effective slot receiver; a position where the Eagles only have Greg Ward as an option. Coutee could even prove to be a superior slot option than Greg Ward if he can stay healthy due to his superior athleticism.

Compensation: 6th round pick

Linebacker

Avery Williamson (NYJ)

2020 Salary     4.7 million
2021 Salary N/A

If the Eagles made a trade for Williamson, he would instantly be the best linebacker on the team and probably the best linebacker since Doug Pederson took over the team in 2016. The only problem with trading for Williamson is that he does not have a contract for next year and the Eagles 2021 cap situation would probably mean this would be a one year rental much like Golden Tate was.

Compensation: Conditional 5th round pick

Jalen Reeves-Maybin (DET)

2020 Salary     1.0 million
2021 Salary N/A

Reeves-Maybin is a former 4th round pick in the 2017 NFL draft and has been reserve player for the Lions ever since he was drafted. A trade for Reeves-Maybin would ideally be as a depth option, but with the Eagles fielding one of the league’s worst linebacking groups, there is a possibility that Reeves-Maybin could be a starter on this team.

Compensation: Conditional 7th round pick

Oren Burks (GB)

2020 Salary     1.0 million
2021 Salary 1.1 million

Burks was a 3rd round pick from the 2018 NFL draft and has underachieved thus far in his NFL career. Burks is a good athlete as he ran a 4.59 4o yard dash and had a 39.5 inch vertical jump at the NFL combine, both of which were among the best for linebackers. With the Eagles needing linebacking help and Burks needing a change of scenery a trade does make sense for both sides.

Compensation: Conditional 5th round pick

Any of the above deals would make sense for the Eagles and if the price is right the team should make a move.

However, the most likely outcome for the Eagles is that the 2020 trade deadline will come and go without a move being made. However, with a general manager like Howie Roseman you can never know what he has up his sleeve.

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