Philadelphia Eagles executive vice president Howie Roseman, the current executive of the year, has made countless moves to build the roster to a point where his team reached the Super Bowl with a backup quarterback. Traded for the rights to draft Carson Wentz. Traded DeMarco Murray. Traded Byron Maxwell. Signed Alshon Jeffery and of course, backup-turned-starter Nick Foles. But it may be a deal that didn't go through that helped as much as any. This past offseason there was potential trade that included several key participants for the Patriots and Eagles in Super Bowl LII, according to sources informed of the situation. The deal, scuttled at the last minute, was this: New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks in exchange for Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, a third-round pick and two fourth-rounders. It would have had dramatic ramifications had it gone through. It may be a bigger deal that it didn't. Cooks, of course, ended up with 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns for the Patriots, who eventually traded for him. Had the Eagles landed him, they likely would never have signed Jeffery, who became a star again and eventually signed a four-year, $52-million extension. Meanwhile, Jenkins ended up staying and contributing 76 tackles, two interceptions and leadership. He was one of the more thoughtful and outspoken voices in the locker room during a difficult season.
Eagles nearly traded for Cooks before Patriots
NFL.com | Feb 4