The trade winds continue to gust around Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, especially after he reported to training camp on time. Let’s save that maelstrom for another day.
The Philadelphia Eagles are set to embark on a fairly drama-free summer – minus the Zach Ertz situation – and start what the franchise hopes is a short rebuild. Before that begins, they might want to investigate a few trades to get younger at key spots. General manager Howie Roseman could certainly use the extra cap space and draft assets in case a trade for Watson is a realistic part of his long-term plan.
“You just want to find outcomes that not necessarily are great for the team and not good for the player, but just fair,” Roseman told reporters on May 1 in regard to Ertz and other possible trades. “Just stuff that everyone can kind of feel like you know what, this works for everyone. And not only in this situation with Zach, just generally I think that’s the most important thing. Just knowing like we’re going to be fair.”
When opportunity knocks, Roseman usually opens the door and listens. He’s been pretty open about his desire to improve the Eagles’ roster by any means necessary. Let’s take a look at five potential trades:
Derek Barnett: The Eagles picked up the team option on the former first-rounder back in March, one that guarantees Barnett $10.05 million this season. The organization appears bullish on the 258-pounder and could work out a contract extension. Or Philly could decide to part ways with the Super Bowl hero and invest that $10.05 million into a cornerback like Steven Nelson. Barnett has been previously linked to the Minnesota Vikings (via Bleacher Report). He has largely underperformed in his first four seasons: 19.5 sacks, 101 tackles (29 for loss), 65 QB hits, three forced fumbles.
Andre Dillard: He’s coming off a season-ending biceps injury and entrenched in a position battle with Jordan Mailata for the starting left tackle spot. And there’s a ton of hope within the organization he can finally live up to the lofty expectations that made him the 22nd overall pick in 2019. Dillard is just 25 years old and could generate a pretty high return in a trade, maybe a third-rounder based on potential and value. Remember, the 315-pounder is under team control through 2023 on a rookie deal worth $12.37 million.