One Monday Morning Quarterback Insider believes that the Eagles exchanging Mychal Kendricks for Malcolm Butler could be a very real possibility.
You’ve probably heard the rumors. You may be totally supportive of the idea or totally in opposition of it. Either way, New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler to the Philadelphia Eagles could be a very real possibility. All it would cost the Eagles is linebacker Mychal Kendricks.
Truthfully the trade would satisfy a need for both teams. The Patriots could use a linebacker with Kendricks’ skill set. Philadelphia is entering the third week of the NFL season with potentially four of their eleven defensive backs on the shelf (Rodney McLeod is apparently the only of the four who stands a chance of playing).
Here’s what MMQB’s Albert Breer had to say on the subject:
"I expect teams will call on the availability of Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler…Who would be the trade partner? The Eagles make sense. And they have a versatile front seven piece that would fill a major need for the Patriots and has been tied to trade talks in the past: linebacker Mychal Kendricks."
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There are two ways to look at this:
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Philadelphia’s thin at linebacker, but seeing as how most teams run a lot of sets with three wide receivers, their suddenly-thin cornerback grouping seems to be more in need of attention than their linebackers. There are two ways to look at this. One, with Butler’s addition and with running back LeGarrette Blount already on the roster, maybe it’s the Patriots turn to throw a bone or two in the Eagles direction.
Then again, Kendricks could go to the Patriots, and history could repeat itself. That’s especially true if yet another former Eagle adds another piece to someone else’s championship puzzle. It’s almost like Philly’s doing their impression of being someone’s farm system.
Butler will be a free agent following the 2017 season. New England’s expressed interest in trading Butler. Most of you are already fully aware of the debate that surrounded Kendricks’ possible exit from Philadelphia. It’s a debate that went on until somewhere around the preseason when his impressive run during that time ended the rumors about his departure. That is, until now.
We’ll just have to wait and see what happens, but don’t rule anything out.