ESPN’s Tim McManus isn’t so sure Jordan Matthews won’t be traded

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Those Jordan Matthews trade talks are creeping up again.

Irregardless of what you’re seeing at camp, a Jordan Matthews trade by the Philadelphia Eagles isn’t an impossibility. It’s still being discussed by fans and the media. One of the most recent stories comes courtesy of one of the more trusted names in journalism, ESPN‘s Tim McManus.

From McManus’ perspective, there hasn’t been any extensive talk in relation to Matthews’ contract. If Matthews and the Eagles’ brass aren’t talking, is it fair to say that he isn’t in the long-term plans for this organization any more? That may not be the case at all. Still, it’s fair to ask the question.

Factors that could be stalling any serious discussions:

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There’s the knee injury, a bone bruise that eventually led to tendinitis. Then, there’s some theory that Matthews’ injury may have something to do with the fact he’s been largely absent from OTAs, minicamp and now training camp. Matthews denies that being the case, but that theory still could have damaged him slightly in the court of public opinion.

Then, there’s the battle we’ve been seeing from the Eagles’ wide receiver corps during camp. Marcus Johnson has shown he’s belonged the entire time we’ve been getting to know him. There’s the possibility of eventually needing to clear cap space for a long-term deal for Alshon Jeffery.

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Couple that with the Eagles having so many options at the skill positions. Then, throw in the thought that the Eagles won’t want to break the bank for someone who’s, at best, their third option in the passing game, and the facts are the facts.

We may be looking at a season-long farewell tour in Philadelphia for the only receiver in team history to have more than 65 receptions and 800 yards in each of his first three seasons.