Trade Deadline Moves the Philadelphia Eagles Should Make
By Jesse Shuter
Up to their bye week the Philadelphia Eagles have looked good, not great, but good. The trade deadline is approaching and it is becoming more and more apparent who is on the trade block for their given teams. Could there be a trade out there that puts the Eagles from good to unstoppable?
Oct 5, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson (83) runs after a catch against the New Orleans Saints during the third quarter of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Philadelphia Eagles Trade: Wide receiver Riley Cooper and 2015 Fourth Round Pick
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Trade: Wide receiver Vincent Jackson
On offense the Eagles have been inconsistent. They have had some games where they have looked good, but others where they looked pathetic. I am not a big fan of Riley Cooper, I don’t see what he brings to the offense. He might be big, but he isn’t fast, he doesn’t run his routes particularly well, and he makes quite a few bad drops because of his bad hands.
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Many people think that the Eagles offense is struggling without a playmaker like Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson. I agree that they need a playmaker, just not one like DeSean Jackson. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not where they expected themselves to be after making all of their offseason moves, one of which was drafting the 6’5” wide receiver Mike Evans in the first round to compliment 6’5” wide receiver Vincent Jackson. It is this very reason that after an abysmal season the Buccaneers will be willing to part with V-Jax. Reports are that they have been open to listening to offers for Jackson.
Oct 12, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Nate Allen (29) and cornerback Jaylen Watkins (37) and free safety Earl Wolff (28) walk back to the bench after a defensive stop against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Giants 27-0. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Jackson is a very talented wide receiver, he is big, he has great hands, and he is a guy that his quarterback can trust. He would bring a veteran presence that I think the Eagles wide receiver corps is lacking. Most importantly he is a guy that when quarterback Nick Foles is in trouble, he can trust that Jackson will come down with the ball when he throws it up.
Sep 14, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) is tackled by Oakland Raiders cornerback Tarell Brown (23) after making a catch in the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Texans defeated the Raiders 30-14. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Philadelphia Eagles Trade: 2015 5th Round Pick
Oakland Raiders Trade: Cornerback Tarell Brown
The Eagle Defense has been playing well as of late. Their pass rush has looked exceptional, their safeties have been solid, however, their cornerbacks have been just plain bad. Cornerback Bradley Fletcher has shown flashes of being a solid number two corner, which would be great, if we had a number one corner. Cornerback Cary Williams was supposed to be our number one cornerback but he has been awful. It is time to make a change if the Eagles want to contend.
The Raiders have been awful this season, they have yet to win a game and things are not looking good. The one bright spot in their secondary has been cornerback Tarell Brown. Brown signed with the Raiders as a free agent this past offseason. He came over along with fellow cornerback Carlos Rogers from the San Francisco 49ers. Brown only signed a one year deal with the Raiders and the way that they are playing he will not want to come back.
Brown would provide the Eagles with the number one cornerback that they desperately need and would allow them to ditch Cary Williams if they so desire.
Other Trade Targets Possibilities Include: Mike Williams (Buffalo Bills WR), Cecil Shorts (Jacksonville Jaguars WR), Derek Cox (Minnesota Vikings CB), George Wilson (Tennessee Titans S)