The trade deadline is less than a month away and rumors have been flying regarding potential trades for the Eagles. However, out of all the names floated, one may make the most sense: Broncos CB Chris Harris Jr.

The Eagles need help at a few spots, most notably in the pass rush and in the secondary, and they’ve been linked to a few possible deals. The biggest name available on the market is Jalen Ramsey, and all reports point to the Eagles having interest at the very least, but it doesn’t seem like the Jaguars want to deal Ramsey any time soon. However, a potential fire sale may be on the horizon in Denver.

The Broncos are 0-4, they just lost one of their best players in Bradley Chubb for the season, and the Joe Flacco experiment, to this point, has fallen on its face. On top of that, Harris has made it very clear — he wants out of Denver, and bad.

“I ain’t saying nothing. Thirteen more weeks for me,” Harris said to the Denver Post following Sunday’s loss to the Jaguars. Harris is very clearly counting down the days to his departure from the Broncos, and as the team, they have to at the very least consider parting ways with Harris.

It would be hard to imagine that if a team like the Eagles swooped in saying they’d take Harris off their hand, the Broncos wouldn’t be open to it. For the Eagles, adding Harris would provide a tremendous boost. Here’s why:

The Eagles Desperately Need Help in the Secondary

It’s no secret the troubles the Eagles are experiencing in the secondary. At times, it almost seems like the perfect storm — there has been inconsistent play in that group, and whether someone is playing well or not, the team is seeing them go down with an injury.

The Eagles are already without Cre’Von LeBlanc (foot) and Jalen Mills (foot) for the next few weeks; LeBlanc isn’t eligible to return off of IR until after week 8, while Mills isn’t eligible to return off of the PUP list until week 7. On top of that, Ronald Darby won’t be back on the field any time soon after suffering a hamstring injury, and Sidney Jones’ status is in question after he too went down with a hamstring injury last week.

As of right now, the Eagles only have Rasul Douglas, Orlando Scandrick, and Craig James as the healthy cornerback’s on the roster. For a team that aspires to win a Super Bowl, that group simply won’t cut it. That’s where adding a player like Harris isn’t just a luxury, it’s a need.

Over the years, Harris has become one of the league’s most consistent cornerbacks and is among the most talented at the position. Harris is a four-time Pro Bowler (2014-16, 2018), was selected to the first-team All-Pro in 2016, and was second-team All-Pro in 2014 and 2015. Harris also was part of the Broncos’ Super Bowl team in 2015.

Last season, Harris saw yet another solid season as well. Harris had 49 tackles, including 1.0 sacks, and intercepted 3 passes, tying a career-high. Harris also added 10 pass deflections in his 12 games started.

This season, Harris has recorded 12 tackles, including one for a loss, and one pass deflection in four games. Harris is also known for his ability to lock down opposing team’s top wide receivers, and we saw a taste of that already this year.

Harris played the majority of his snaps lined up against Green Bay’s Davante Adams in week 3, and held him to four receptions for 56 yards. For comparison, when Adams faced the Eagles in week 4, he totaled 10 catches for 180 yards, and that was in just over two quarters before he was forced to leave the game due to injury.

Speaking of injury, Harris is one of the leagues more durable players, something the Eagles certainly would embrace. Harris suffered a fibula injury in week 13 last year, forcing him to miss the remained of the season, but prior to that, Harris missed just one game over the seven seasons prior to that.

Harris is a premier talent, and the Eagles certainly could use that in the secondary. However, the reasoning behind why he makes sense goes beyond just his play.

The Contract Situation

As is the case for any potential trade, the money has to be considered. Harris is currently only under contract for this season, with him set to make $12.05 million before hitting free agency in 2020.

That means Harris is a player who can provide a tremendous service this season without significantly impacting the cap for years to come. The Eagles, a team that will need to wisely spend money moving forward considering Carson Wentz’s extension, benefit from a situation such as this.

The Eagles currently have $28,486,280 million in cap space this year after maneuvering some contracts, so they’d more than be able to fit Harris onto the books. Even better, the Eagles theoretically could acquire Harris and still have more than $15 million in cap space if they decided to pursue adding another piece as well.

This has been a sentiment echoed in the past, but is worth mentioning again — Howie Roseman has proved his ability to manipulate the cap, but it’ll be much more difficult doing that once Wentz’s extension becomes factored in. Due to that, acquiring a potential rental who can help the team win while not handicapping their salary cap in the future — such as Harris — may be the way to go for the Eagles this season.

The Price to Get Harris

Because Harris is set to be a free agent after this season (and because he’s openly voiced his displeasure in Denver), the price to get Harris may not be too steep. As a matter of fact, the cost to acquire Harris may come as just a fraction of what the Eagles would have to deal for a player like Ramsey. While Ramsey is one of the league’s top cornerbacks, they still can greatly improve with Harris, and at the same time not mortgage their future.

The Eagles are projected to have nine draft picks for the 2020 draft, including six in the first four rounds, which means they have the picks to make a move for a player like Harris. They also could retain another fourth-round pick if they decide to part ways with Andrew Sendejo over the next few weeks.

The cost to get Ramsey is two first-round picks, but the Eagles realistically might be able to acquire Harris without losing any first-round picks.

Another thing to consider with Harris: the Eagles could recoup part of what they deal with compensatory picks.

Say the Eagles get Harris and let him walk after this season, they’d almost surely get a top-end compensatory pick for his loss, which means the blow of dealing a pick in the first place is lessened. Of course, there’s always the option of re-signing Harris if he’s acquired, and with him being just 30 years old, he still has at least a few years of good football left.

All in all, it makes sense for the Eagles to pursue Harris if he becomes available, and it’s hard to say that there’s a team to should have more interest than them. Regardless, the trade deadline is just over four weeks away, so the Eagles’ activity on the market could heat up soon, and maybe right at the same time, the Broncos decide to open up a fire sale.

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