With 18 days until the trade deadline. It’s time for rumors to spread like wildfire.
While the Philadelphia Eagles remain the only undefeated team in the NFL approaching their week 6 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.
Some might think the roster doesn’t need any major improvements.
Some still think Jalen Hurts shouldn’t be QB1.
The Eagles have racked up several key injuries in the last few weeks. Including:
K Jake Elliot
CB Avonte Maddox
LT Jordan Mailata
Thankfully none of these injuries look long term. So injury replacement trades aren’t a concern, yet.
There have already been names linked to the Philadelphia Eagles. Below we’ll take a look at some names the Eagles have been linked to and some they should be linked to.
RB Christian McCaffrey
LANDING SPOTS for Christian McCaffrey— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) October 11, 2022
1. Buffalo Bills
2. Los Angeles Rams
3. Denver Broncos
4. San Francisco 49ers
5. Philadelphia Eagles
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Let’s get this one out of the way first.
The Eagles should NOT trade for Christian McCaffrey. Here’s why:
- Played 15 games in the last 3 seasons.
- Yearly cap hit of $19,550,750
- Already appeared on the Injury Report
As of right now, the Philadelphia Eagles have $10,537,559 remaining in cap space. If you try to take on McCaffrey’s contract the way the Cowboys dumped off Amari Cooper. That could lower the cost to acquire McCaffrey, except the Eagles would need to clear nearly $10M in cap space to do so. Otherwise, the cost would be much greater to have the Panthers retain that salary. The Eagles might have 2 2023 first round picks. But they’re not worth a gamble on what Christian McCaffrey you’ll get out of the trade.
Plus with Miles Sanders’ 414 yards in 5 weeks, 4th in Rushing across the league. He’s looking to prove himself and earn a contract before next season.
Carolina might be having a fire sale. But McCaffrey shouldn’t be the Eagles target.
DE Brian Burns
If you’re taking advantage of the Panthers sale. Brian Burns should be the target. The Eagles upgraded their pass-rush when signing Haason Reddick in the off-season. However losing Derek Barnett to an ACL tear in Week 1 weakened the depth of the Eagles defensive line.
This is another move that would prove costly. Not only is the cost for a 24 year old EDGE going to be high. But Burns has a stat line of 29.5 Sacks, 6 Forced Fumbles and 61 QB Hits in 53 games. The Eagles would HAVE to move on from one of Sweat, Barnett or Brandon Graham in the off-season if they wanted to keep Reddick’s former teammate around. for the final year of his contract that sees a $16M cap hit next season.
DE Yannick Ngakoue
With 20.5 sacks in the last 3 years. Ngakoue has found himself on 4 teams in that span. The Indianapolis Colts are only 2-2-1, but if the season doesn’t improve for the Revolving Door QB Room the Colts are running. Things might get ugly in Indy. The Colts have looked inconsistent to say the least. Their win against the Chiefs looks more confusing as each game passes. A snooze-fest against the Broncos on TNF is the only other win the Colts have, and the 12-9 final score in OVERTIME didn’t have anybody entertained.
Ngakoue could be a good addition for the Eagles to get more depth on the DLine. A replacement for Barnett and a cheaper contract could see the cost for the Eagles to truly consider this target.
The Eagles will play two more games before the deadline. With their Bye Week in-between, the Eagles will be able to assess any long term injuries and any other positions on the roster they might feel need an upgrade.
Which players would you like to see the Eagles target by the deadline?
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