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As NFL trade deadline nears, could Eagles goal Christian McCaffrey?


We will establish that if the Eagles are making any trades by the Nov. 1 deadline, it is going to be as a buyer.

That is an entire reversal from last October, when the Eagles traded away their franchise icon in tight end Zach Ertz together with veteran backup quarterback Joe Flacco. They even looked into trading defensive tackle Fletcher Cox.

That was to be expected with a 2-5 record.

However the Eagles are 6-0 now, and their situation is more like in 2017, once they traded for running back Jay Ajayi on the deadline. Back then, Howie Roseman said it was a reward for the way in which the team was playing, and to push for a Super Bowl run.

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The Eagles, after all, made that run, and Ajayi played a giant role.

So who will the Eagles goal this yr? And is it possible that they might trade one in every of their players for future draft picks? Here’s a rating of positions, from least likely for a trade to almost definitely, with some players who might be a fit:

10. Quarterback

The Eagles are set here with Jalen Hurts and Gardner Minshew because the backup. For the reason that Eagles don’t play again until Oct. 30 against the Steelers, it’s hard to see them trading for a veteran unless Hurts or Minshew get hurt that day. The third quarterback is Ian Book, who has very limited experience. Expect the Eagles to face pat here.

9. Defensive tackle

No, the Eagles aren’t trading for a defensive tackle, not with the perfect rotation within the NFL. Jordan Davis is becoming a force behind Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave, who’re having good seasons as well. There’s also Milton Williams and Marlon Tuipulotu, who’re also a part of the rotation.

8. Offensive line

The Eagles have the deepest, and arguably the perfect, offensive line within the NFL. If the Eagles desired to gamble, they might get a good return by trading Andre Dillard, the first-round pick in 2019 and backup to Jordan Mailata. The Eagles got by in two games with Jack Driscoll playing left tackle when Mailata was injured (Dillard was still on injured reserve on the time).

It’s more likely that the Eagles will hold on to Dillard unless the Eagles get offered an early-round draft pick for him. Barring that, having someone like Dillard is a luxury that a Super Bowl-caliber team can afford.

7. Wide receiver

The Eagles are pretty much set here, too.

A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith are by far the Eagles’ most reliable receivers. Quez Watkins provides the speed factor on the skin, although he hasn’t had many probabilities. Still, Watkins did have 647 receiving yards last season. There’s also Zach Pascal, who’s a dependable slot receiver.

It could be hard to see the Eagles going after someone like Kenny Golladay of the Giants. That changes if, and provided that, one in every of their top receivers suffers a big injury against the Steelers on Oct. 30.

Philadelphia Eagles' Nakobe Dean, right, talks with defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon, left, during an NFL rookie football minicamp, Friday, May 6, 2022, in Philadelphia.

6. Linebacker

The Eagles are set here with starters Kyzir White and T.J. Edwards playing well. Nakobe Dean, the Eagles’ third-round pick last yr, is the primary backup, and he should give you the chance to contribute. There’s also Shaun Bradley they usually could promote Davion Taylor from the practice squad, too.

The Eagles have long devalued the linebacker position. So it will seem unlikely that they might trade for one, even with injuries.

5. Cornerback

Darius Slay and James Bradberry are each having Pro Bowl caliber seasons. And the Eagles like top backup Zech McPhearson, who did well enough when he played all but 3 snaps instead of Slay against Jacksonville.

It’s the identical on the nickel spot where Josiah Scott has stepped in for 2 games when Avonte Maddox was out with an ankle injury.

Identical to at quarterback, the Eagles will likely take their probabilities with what they’ve.

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay (2) celebrates his interception with safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (23) during the NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Philadelphia.

4. Safety

The Eagles could look so as to add a veteran as a 3rd safety behind starters Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, coming off the primary 2-interception game of his profession, and Marcus Epps, who has played every snap this season. But when Gardner-Johnson went out within the third quarter, there was a big dropoff with K’Von Wallace.

If the Eagles resolve so as to add a veteran, it could be via free agency somewhat than giving up a draft pick.

3. Tight end

Dallas Goedert is proving himself as one in every of the highest tight ends within the NFL with 357 yards receiving. But there is not much depth behind him. Jack Stoll and rookie Grant Calcaterra have limited experience. The Eagles did have veteran Richard Rodgers on the practice squad, but he was picked up by the Chargers.

If the Eagles do make a trade here, it will be a minor one for a veteran, or a free agent signee.

Christian McCaffrey could be a target for the Eagles at the NFL trade deadline on Nov. 1

2. Running back

Could the Eagles go after someone like Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey? Yes, but probably to not the extent where they might be involved in a bidding war. The Eagles did like McCaffrey coming out of the draft in 2017, and his running and catching ability makes him a big upgrade over Kenny Gainwell.

The Eagles do have two first-round picks, but no, they will not trade one in every of those for McCaffrey. They may trade a Day 2 pick for him, nonetheless.

There’s McCaffrey’s injury history, but he has been healthy this season. He has 393 yards rushing and 277 yards receiving. McCaffrey can be signed for the subsequent three seasons, value about $12 million per season, while Miles Sanders shouldn’t be.

The Eagles, after all, would should make sure that McCaffrey could slot in with Miles Sanders, Hurts and the receivers. If that’s the case, the Eagles’ offense could be much more dangerous.

1. Edge rusher

Chances are high, if the Eagles make a move, they’ll go after an edge rusher.

Yes, the Eagles are getting good production out of Haason Reddick, who has 4.5 sacks. And Brandon Graham, who’s 34, continues to be playing well. However the Eagles have limited his playing time to roughly 40-50% per game. Josh Sweat has also been effective.

The Eagles, nonetheless, haven’t got much depth behind them. It must be telling that even with Derek Barnett out for the season, the Eagles didn’t trust Tarron Jackson enough to place him on the game-day roster against the Cowboys.

Robert Quinn, who had 18.5 sacks last season for the Bears, could be an excellent goal. Quinn is 34, and he only has 1 sack to date this season. But he would not be too costly, and he could work in with Graham and Sweat. A change of scenery could turn his season around, type of like when the Eagles signed Chris Long as a free agent in 2017.

Contact Martin Frank at mfrank@delawareonline.com. Follow on Twitter @Mfranknfl.

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