Depending on how the offseason goes, could the Philadelphia Eagles realistically trade away Nelson Agholor and/or Halapoulivaati Vaitai?
It’s been a while since Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman crafted a deal. Ever since the last offseason, Roseman has made himself known as an active trader within the NFL. That identity didn’t disappear after the 2018 season. Roseman was still up and at it getting rid of bad contracts, and making the team better by each and every move this offseason.
However, the Eagles’ front office has been quiet as of late. Granted, everybody is likely to be on vacation as training camp has yet to arrive — but if there is a deal that is ready to be made, you better bet Howie is listening. At this point, we’ve come to realize that there are only a few players who are untouchable on the Eagles roster; Carson Wentz, and Fletcher Cox, to name a couple.
Everybody else though is trade-able if the price is right. Some teams know their needs heading into the training camp phase of the offseason. But other teams will soon find out they might need to make some quick upgrades before the season starts due to underperforming players or potential injuries.
Therefore, we shouldn’t rule out a potential offseason trade between the Eagles and another team. So which players on the Eagles are likely to be traded this offseason if another team comes calling? According to The Ringer, there are two possible candidates in fifth-year wide receiver, Nelson Agholor, and fourth-year offensive tackle, Halapoulivaati Vaitai.
The explanation & potential landing spots:
Nelson Agholor, WR
"“With Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson getting most of the snaps in two-receiver sets, Agholor will likely be relegated to the no. 3 job—while costing the team nearly $10 million. With only around $5 million in projected cap space next season, Philly has to consider its cost-cutting options, and Agholor seems like the safest bet”"
This is something we already knew. Agholor is set to make over $9 million in 2019. There were rumors he was going to be moved during free agency, and it didn’t happen. Once his money became guaranteed, it seemed as though Agholor wasn’t going anywhere.
Then came the NFL Draft. Once again, Agholor was rumored to be on the trade block, and the same situation happened… Nothing. No moves. We believe Agholor remains on the Eagles for the 2019 season, but apparently we shouldn’t rule out a potential trade with the Green Bay Packers.
Halapoulivaati Vaitai, OT
"“After Philly drafted pass-blocking specialist Andre Dillard in the first round this year, and given that Vaitai is in the final year of his deal, the Eagles could listen to offers. Capable tackles rarely become available, and with a base salary of only $2 million, Vaitai would be cheaper than most swing tackles around the league and could be an upgrade for several teams as a starter.”"
Halapoulivaati Vaitai is a decent backup lineman for the Eagles. Unfortunately, his inconsistency made the Eagles go in a different direction when it comes to the future of the tackle position. Vaitai could remain a backup for the Eagles beyond this season, but it’s even more realistic another team takes a chance on him and makes him a starter on their line.
In this case, we’re being told to look out for the Los Angeles Chargers. As the Chargers are in a ‘win-now’ position in the AFC, they could use some ready starters in the tackle area. Vaitai might not be the strongest candidate, but he is serviceable in the right situation.