The Eagles are notorious for making eye-opening trades during the offseason. With the Eagles set to have a surplus draft picks, the team is in a perfect position to use some of their assets to make a splash yet again.

Last March, the Eagles dealt Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round pick to the Seahawks for Michael Bennett and a seventh-round pick. In 2017, the Eagles acquired both Ronald Darby and Timmy Jernigan in separate deals throughout the offseason to bolster their defense. Even as far back as 2016, the Eagles dealt multiple picks in order to select Carson Wentz in the draft.

Howie Roseman and the front office have had a clear desire in the past to fill some needs through trades, and with the Eagles projected to have nine draft picks, including two second-round picks, two fourth-round picks and three sixth-round picks, that could be the case yet again.

The Eagles are in win-now mode as well and for the right price, would prefer a player who can help them continue to compete for a championship than a long term project. Here are three players the Eagles should attempt to trade for in order to keep the tradition going:

RB Duke Johnson Jr, Cleveland Browns

In the wake of the Cleveland Browns signing Kareem Hunt, the Browns suddenly have a trio of outstanding running backs, with Hunt joining Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson. Hunt will likely serve a lengthy suspension that will make him miss a good portion of the 2019 season, but he is too good to have his touches limited when he finally returns. Also, the Browns have some serious needs at other positions and would be wise to gauge the trade market for Johnson.

The Eagles aren’t in the best position at running back, as they have a need in pretty much every facet: a power runner, an agile runner, and a receiving back. Darren Sproles’ future is cloudy and he is unlikely to decide on whether he will return or not until training camp arrives, and the Eagles can’t afford to wait that long to address their running back problem.

Johnson won’t be an every-down back for the Eagles, but he is as good as they come in terms of being a receiving back. Last season, Johnson had a bit of a down season due to a dip in touches, but still had 429 receiving yards on 47 catches and 201 rushing yards on 40 carries. All together, Johnson’s all-purpose yards this season is more than any running back on the Eagles roster, despite Johnson being the clear #2 running back on the Browns.

In his four seasons with the Browns, Johnson totaled 299 carries for 1,286 yards and 235 receptions for 2,170 receiving yards. Johnson also added 13 total touchdowns.

Another issue for the Eagles is cap space, and the addition of Johnson wouldn’t weigh too heavy on the teams cap. Johnson is signed through the 2021 season, and has a base salary of just $1.8 million this season, and rises to just $4.65 million in the 2021 season.

As mentioned before, Johnson won’t be the clear-cut resolution to the Eagles’ running back troubles, but he would be a nice piece to the puzzle the team will try building this offseason. The Browns will be expected to listen to offers on Johnson, and the Eagles have the assets to make an enticing offer.

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DE Jerry Hughes, Buffalo Bills

Brandon Graham is set to test free agency, and Chris Long is unsure about his future in football, which could cause some depth issues at defensive end for the Eagles.

Meanwhile, the Bills aren’t in a position to win anytime soon, and would likely prefer to get younger overall as a team. Jerry Hughes, who is 30 years old, is set to be paid $6.35 million in 2019, which is the final year of his contract.

The Bills aren’t thin on picks, as they are set to have 10 picks in this years NFL Draft, but as just mentioned, getting as much young talent possible will be the name of the game in Buffalo.

In 2018, Hughes had a nice season, as he had 37 tackles, including 13 tackles for a loss and seven sacks. Hughes also had 18 quarterback hits, three forced fumbles and one pass deflection. According to PFF, Hughes ranked as the seventh-best defensive end this past season and was the most productive pass rusher in the league.

Prior to the trade deadline in 2018, the Bills were reportedly listening to offers on Hughes, and the Los Angeles Rams were one team who checked in on a potential deal.

If Hughes were to be acquired by the Eagles, he would be providing tremendous depth and assuming he doesn’t start over Michael Bennett or Derek Barnett, Hughes would be one of the best backup pass rushers in the league.

The Eagles take pride upon having both a stout and deep pass rush, and with two of their finest at risk of not returning, the need is there and Hughes is a solid candidate to fill that role.

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WR Marvin Jones Jr, Detroit Lions

The Eagles recently traded for a wide receiver with the Lions, as they acquired Golden Tate this past trade deadline. However, Tate is set to hit the free agent market, which will leave an opening at wide receiver for the Eagles.

The Eagles will presumably still have Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor, but beyond that, there isn’t much to be excited about at wide receiver.

When the Eagles traded for Tate, they surrendered a third-round pick, a price many believed to be too high for since Tate was on an expiring contract. That isn’t an issue with Jones.

Jones is under contract until 2020, as he has a base salary for $6.5 million for both seasons. Considering the fact that Jones is younger and a better fit for the Eagles offense, that price is certainly worth it for the Eagles rather than attempting to retain Tate. Granted, the Eagles would have to trade away another pick, but it is something they should pursue.

In 2018, Jones caught 35 passes for 508 yards and five touchdowns before he suffered a season-ending knee injury. While on paper that sounds troublesome, Jones didn’t suffer any structural damage to his knee, and it was more of the timing of the injury, pieced with the lack of success by the team that kept him out. Jones’ absence also opened up the door for Kenny Golladay to emerge, who became the Lions clear-cut best wide receiver throughout the remainder of the season.

Dating back to 2017, Jones had a career year as he caught 61 passes for 1,101 yards and nine touchdowns. Jones’ 1,101 receiving yards ranked as the ninth-most in the NFL in the 2017 season.

Jones may be a bit more difficult to acquire than the two previously mentioned players, but he would provide an entirely new dimension to the Eagles offense and would give Carson Wentz another weapon to use for years to come.

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All in all, the Eagles are primed to test the trade market yet again in order to try to directly fill some needs. It will be difficult for the team to trade for players who have an expensive contract, but the Eagles should be able to create enough cap space in order to be a little flexible when it comes to making trades.

It is going to be an active offseason for the Eagles, and the start of it is approaching quickly.

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