The Philadelphia Eagles are linked to a Cincinnati cornerback in a recent Pro Football Focus story on possible NFL trades.
Would it be fair to say that the Philadelphia Eagles vice president and general manager has been unusually quiet over the course of the past few months? Quietly, Howie Roseman’s done what he always does. He’s explored trade options. He’s hung out on the NFL waiver wire, and he’s added pieces where they are needed.
There just hasn’t been that splash signing or that blockbuster trade.
Still, even if you’re having a touch of Jadeveon Clowney or Minkah Fitzpatrick remorse, you have to admit, if we’re handing out executive and coaching trophies, Roseman has earned one. Eagles defensive backs coach Cory Undlin deserves one as well.
In the wake of injuries to Ronald Darby, Avonte Maddox, and Sidney Jones (and Cre’Von LeBlanc before that), Roseman’s done a nice job of finding guys who may not have been that splash signing but have played and played well. Kudos have to be given to Undlin for getting them ready.
Is it still crazy to say that, in spite of all of this, it still seems like there’s something missing from the Eagles secondary? Don’t be surprised if Philly makes a move before the trade deadline, scheduled for 4 PM EST on October 29th.
Recently, Sam Monson of Po Football Focus expressed a few ideas for trades that he feels need to be made prior to the deadline. He links the Philadelphia Eagles to William Jackson of the Cincinnati Bengals. Here’s some of what he had to say.
"The Bengals have a few assets they might be willing to move if they embrace the rebuild, and one of them is cornerback William Jackson. Jackson missed his rookie year but then earned an overall PFF grade of 90.2 (in) his first year starting, arguably the greatest statistical cornerback season we have seen since PFF started grading in 2006. He allowed a passer rating of just 36.1. (He) gave up only 151 yards over the entire year. After just five games of 2019, he has already allowed 188, but the talent is still evident."
Earlier, ITI mentioned Cincinnati’s Dre Kirkpatrick in a feature done on five possible trade targets at the cornerback position. The Bengals keep coming up because Cincy has Darqueze Dennard on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list, they have Anthony Chesley on the practice squad, and Darius Phillips is on the IR (injured reserve).
Now, Dennard could return in the latter part of the season. He’s essentially in the same spot Jalen Mills is in. In spite of all of that, the Bengals are still seemingly set at cornerback with the aforementioned Kirkpatrick and Jackson to go along with Tony McRae, Torry McTyer, and B.W. Webb. If Dennard returns, they could move someone.
Expect to hear Cincy’s name a lot in trade talks. Could the Eagles be an interested party?