Oct 02, 2011; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Clay Harbor (82) is tackles by San Francisco 49ers safety Dashon Goldson (38) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Clay Harbor: Should the Philadelphia Eagles Deal the Tight End to the Patriots?

Over the holiday, some interesting news surfaced via Twitter regarding the potential status of Philadelphia Eagles tight end Clay Harbor. It was speculated by Philadelphia Daily News writer Paul Domowitch that the Eagles could deal Harbor to the tight end-needy New England Patriots.



This may not be too much of a stretch considering the recent play of Harbor and the plethora of tight ends currently residing on the Eagles’ roster.

Since he was drafted in the fourth round in 2010, Harbor has been an underachiever during his tenure in Philadelphia. Last season, he had his career high in receptions — 25. This is not a friendly stat for a receiving tight end entering his fourth season.

Now, with incumbent starter Brent Celek sticking around, newcomer Zach Ertz — the Eagles’ second-round selection in this year’s draft — and the emergence of James Casey from the Houston Texans, Harbor seems to be very expendable.

Should the Eagles part ways with Harbor?

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If the Eagles intent is to eventually part ways with Harbor, they would be best doing so by way of trade — their only other option would be to cut him during training camp. At this point, Harbor could still be worthy of a late-round pick — possibly a seventh-rounder that could increase in value based on performance.

Obviously, this is better than nothing for the Eagles.

There are other options out there for the Patriots right now, such as Tony Moeaki of the Kansas City Chiefs. Moeaki is a vastly better tight end than Harbor, so it could be beneficial to the Eagles to strike while the iron is hot. Perhaps Chip Kelly and Co. should initiate talks with the Patriots before it is too late.

The move to deal Harbor seems beneficial to both parties — common wisdom could insinuate a potential deal before the start of training camp. This is the first that we have heard of this news, so it looks like a wait-and-see approach will begin regarding this situation.


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