The Eagles were the only team to make any moves at the 2013 trade deadline. Historically, there are few blockbuster deals that are made before the trade deadline and this year proves to be no different.
Philadelphia traded nose tackle Issac Sopoaga and a sixth round draft pick in 2014 to the New England Patriots for a 2014 fifth round pick.
Sopoaga has spent the previous eight years of his career with San Francisco before being picked up as a free agent by the Eagles last offseason. He signed a three-year contract that will now be taken over by the Pats. New England will pay the $529,000 remainder of this year’s contract and are also responsible for $3.75 million and $3.5 million in 2014 and 2015 respectively. However, this money is not guaranteed.
With a reputation as a run-stopper, Sopoaga should be a good fit for New England to replace five time Pro Bowler Vince Wilfork who suffered a torn Achilles earlier in the year.
For the Eagles, this trade does not give them much but space in the team’s salary cap. They lose a key component of a struggling defensive unit and they traded draft picks at rounds that are so low it almost seems meaningless.
Philadelphia fans need to hope that there are a few hidden gems in that fifth round and that the front office drafts well in the earlier rounds to make this trade seem worthwhile. Either that or they make a major signing in the offseason with the room freed up in the salary cap from Sopoaga’s departure.
This trade will not be an immediate fix for the team’s current problems; however, their remaining schedule is still not that tough. If chemistry starts to build and confidence grows during season’s end, a stellar 2014 draft class might be the only missing piece of the puzzle to build a team that will restore pride in the city of Philadelphia.