Philadelphia Eagles trade rumors: Peterson out of the mix, who will Philly acquire at CB?
By Alex DeMarzo
With the trade deadline approaching, rumor has it that the Philadelphia Eagles are on the hunt for a cornerback. Who could they have their eyes on?
Earlier this week, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported that Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson “desperately” wants out and demanded to be traded by the October 30th deadline, according to league sources.
Yesterday, Peterson put all the speculation to rest with one simple tweet. “I am an Arizona Cardinal,” he said. “My focus is on this week’s game.”
According to CBS Sports Insider Jason La Canfora, the Philadelphia Eagles have been figuring out ways to acquire Peterson and have been reaching out to the Cardinals for weeks.
With the trade deadline rapidly approaching and now just under a week away the Eagles need to find a middle to a top-tier cornerback who will alleviate the struggles they have been seeing in the secondary all season long.
NFL Next Gen Stats has calculated the Eagles CB Jalen Mills to be the leagues least productive defender so far through seven weeks. As the nearest defender, Mills has allowed a total of 541 yards in coverage.
Mills is not the only issue in the Eagles secondary.
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According to ESPN, “Philadelphia as a whole has given up a league-worst 1,410 yards to wide receivers and eight touchdowns, as compared to just two interceptions.”
The bottom line is that Philly’s defense is not producing and has played a significant role towards the underachieving start that lands them at 3-4 on the year.
Philly fans are getting fed up with watching Mills and company get fooled anytime a receiver hits them with a double move which has ultimately led to six points.
One of the most notable and recent situations happened during last weeks fourth quarter debacle against the Carolina Panthers. With just over four minutes remaining in the game, the Panthers had the ball on Eagles 18-yard line.
Wide receiver Devin Funchess was matched up against cornerback Ronald Darby. Funchess hit Darby with your everyday sluggo route, and Darby bit so hard on the first move he nearly lost his balance and fell to the ground, allowing Cam Newton to lob the ball into the end zone for six points.
Who do the Eagles have their eyes on?
Now is the time for Howie Roseman, Eagles vice president of football operations, to be relentlessly pursuing a corner if they want any chance of a deep playoff run and potential back-to-back Super Bowl appearances.
This week news has been swirling around about the Eagles reaching out to a couple of teams such as the Miami Dolphins for wide receiver Devante Parker and Denver Broncos for both offensive and defensive players.
La Canfora reported the Eagles have inquired about cornerbacks Chris Harris Jr. and Bradley Roby, wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and DeMaryius Thomas. He also reported teams are looking at the New York Giants CB Janoris Jenkins and Oakland Raiders CB Gareon Conley.
The question remains who will the Eagles ultimately acquire before the trade deadline on October 30? Whomever the Eagles land they will be asked to step in and make an immediate impact towards a playoff run.