2018 NFL Champions. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? While everybody in Philadelphia is happy with the team, there is still lots of room for improvement. These are moves that makes sense for more than 1 team, but mostly the Eagles.
- 1st Round Pick to Dolphins for Kenyan Drake+Matt Haack. There are several reasons why this trade might not work out, but both teams should consider it. For a start, Frank Gore will carry most of the workload for the Dolphins. Also, Dolphins 4th round pick Kaelen Ballage is training to be what Drake is now. So, the Eagles get in Drake miniature, younger Sproles that can run the ball and take over return duties, plus a new punter, Matt Haack, to replace Donnie Jones. Miami, meanwhile, can now use one of their 1st round picks (likely between 1st and 10th) on a Nick Bosa, and the Eagles pick, which will probably be 20-32, to get a QB. While top QBs Shea Patterson and Justin Herbert will probably be gone by then, Drew Lock and Will Grier, still considered top picks, will most likely be up there. And if Miami wants more in the trade, the Eagles can offer forgotten Wendell Smallwood or underrated Donnell Pumphrey, who can also be used in a Sproles-like way.
- Nate Sudfeld to the Jags for Dante Fowler Jr. This is one of the more risky moves. For a start, the Eagles would get Dante Fowler. That’s right, the 3rd pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Fowler was a highly successful linebacker for Florida, and was considered by many to go to the Titans at pick No. 2. However, in preseason he tore his ACL and missed the season. In 2016, he had a limited role, with just 4 sacks and 32 tackles. Last season, he made just 21 tackles, but 8 sacks. The Jags declined his 5th year option, which means he will be a free agent in 2019. His other problem is off-field. On July 19th, 2017, Dante Fowler was arrested for punching a man who commented on his driving. Fowler than reportedly stomped on the man’s glasses and threw his grocery bag, containing liquor, into a lake. Another reason why this would be risky is because Sudfeld is a young, capable backup who is expected to replace Foles after next year. Foles will be a free agent next year, but it would be a bad idea to trade him, considering the possibility of Wentz missing the first few weeks this year. Sudfeld could handle that, but given Sudfeld has just 1 start to his name, the more experienced Foles would be a more reliable option. The Eagles could sign someone like Colt McCoy in 2019 to replace Foles, and then draft a QB in 3rd to 4th round like Ryan Finley. If he can put his off field antics to the side, Fowler has potential and will help a linebacker crew that will miss Mychal Kendricks. Sudfeld will than become a starter for the Jags in a trade that would work both ways.
In the coming days I’ll write the next options!