An injury at an important position with the Saints may open up trade discussions.
Okay, technically at the time of this writing, this one isn’t a rumor yet, but it could grow legs pretty quickly. This morning on the NFL Network‘s highly popular morning show, Good Morning Football, NFL.com insider Ian Rapoprt reported New Orleans Saints center Max Unger has suffered a foot injury and said injury could keep him out through the start of the 2017 NFL season.
What does that have to do with the Philadelphia Eagles exactly? We’re glad you asked.
A quick update:
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On April 25, 2017, the Saints signed former league MVP and future NFL Hall of Fame inductee Adrian Peterson to a two-year, $7 million contract. His addition may have made some of the current running backs on the Saints roster, Mark Ingram for instance, expendable. The Eagles, who are currently enjoying more depth along the offensive line than they have in quite some time, may be interested in dealing one of their interior linemen for the rights to Ingram.
Think of the possibilities:
This solves issues for both teams. The Eagles have added Donnel Pumphrey thanks to the draft. Corey Clement was signed as an undrafted free agent shortly thereafter. Unfortunately for them, they still don’t seem to have a clear option to solve their questions about the starting running back position.
Ingram’s career hasn’t quite worked out as he might have hoped. That’s putting it nicely. Its true he may not be a definite long-term answer for the Eagles. Is he any worse than any option this team currently has though? It’s worth examining and discussing.
As far as the Saints go, they’re a little thin along their interior offensive line. They could use some help there. Any of the Eagles reserves could be seen as an upgrade over what they currently have. It’s unlikely that the Eagles would dump Jason Kelce and his hefty contract on New Orleans, but stranger things have happened.
There hasn’t been any indication from either franchise that a trade is being discussed, but we’re keeping an eye on this one. We’ll keep you posted if anything develops.