NFL Trade Deadline

November 3rd, one of the most important days of the year, is when we will find out who the Eagles have or have not traded for. As you all know, Eagles fans are like rabid wolves when it comes to trade rumors so we are “interested” in every big name player on the market. Jason La Canfora will use us for Twitter clout like he does every year and have fans believing we’ll acquire Allen Robinson, JJ Watt and Myles Jack. I’m here to tell you that isn’t going to happen… I have three players in mind that the Eagles could acquire for a 5th round pick or less that I think could have a huge impact down the stretch. This first player would be Avery good move… 

Avery Williamson, New York Jets 

Avery was a 5th round pick out of Kentucky for the Titans back in 2014. He’s now with the New York Jets and is apparently on the block to be traded. One New York radio station even mentioned the Eagles as a potential destination and rightfully so. The Eagles should be very interested in Avery as I believe he would only cost a 5th round pick at most and would instantly be our best LB on the depth chart. Avery has started five games while playing in six overall and has collected 50 combined tackles, 3 passes deflected and 1 interception. The 50 tackles would be the most on the team, ahead of current leader Nate Gerry who has 32. Avery also surpassed 100 tackles back in 2018 while being on pace for 100+ this year. 100 tackles is a number no Eagles LB has had since Nigel Bradham made 102 tackles in 2016. I hope this next player can Kerryon with his career in Philadelphia…

Kerryon Johnson, Detroit Lions

Johnson came out of Auburn and was a 2nd round pick by the Lions back in the 2018 NFL Draft. After a promising rookie season and countless injuries, he’s fallen out of favor in Detroit as DeAndre Swift emerges. The Lions also just moved another RB to the active roster for their upcoming game, meaning a Kerryon trade could be imminent. Kerryon fits in well in Philly because he’s not only a threat in the run game but also in the passing game. We know how they like to use their running backs in the passing game. He’d be a nice complement to Miles Sanders or would help take some of the load off Boston if Miles were to go down again. I believe that Kerryon could be had for no more than a 5th round pick and bring some much needed talent to the RB room behind Miles and Boston. Howie would be very wise to add this next player to the Ross-ter…

John Ross, Cincinnati Bengals

Ross has been a name that Eagles fans have talked about quite a bit over the last couple years. It seems like John has been on the block constantly but still remains in Cincinnati and seems more unhappy than ever. It’s been said that the Bengals might be perfectly fine with getting nothing for him and letting him walk this offseason. However, Ross feels like he can provide value somewhere and was recently tweeting out for the Bengals to give him that chance. I don’t know for sure if he gets traded but if he does the Eagles should be interested. He’s only 24 and still has the blazing fast speed that made him so popular during his draft year. I believe the Eagles could get him for a conditional 5th round or maybe even a 6th round pick. I think the risk is well worth it as our older receivers are going to be unknowns down the stretch. Carson also seems to play better with young guys who are hungry to prove themselves, which seems to align with Ross’s mindset. Jalen Reagor, John Hightower, Greg Ward, Travis Fulgham and John Ross would be quite the young group of receivers for Carson to utilize down the stretch.

Let us be honest, Howie’s trades have not worked out the last two trade deadlines. He acquired Golden Tate for a 3rd, who is no longer with the team and Groh struggled to integrate to the offense. Then last year he acquired Genard Avery for a fourth, who does have 1.5 sacks on the year but doesn’t see enough snaps to warrant the fourth round pick. Hopefully Howie can help the team down the stretch this year with another Ajayi type trade as the Eagles prepare for the second half of the season. 

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