2 Reasons Philadelphia Eagles shouldn’t be buyers in NFL trade talks

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2. The Philadelphia Eagles need to learn from past mistakes.

Even if the Philadelphia Eagles eventually get back at the top of the division and somehow end up vying for a playoff spot, their run in the postseason probably won’t be a long one. If we’re being objective, there won’t be any magic potions or quick fixes. If anything, the team’s brass must use the 2020 season to examine all their units and looks for ways to improve their roster next offseason.

Prior to the game against the Ravens, Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports wrote that Eagles general manager Howie Roseman was aggressively trying to add players via trade before the November 3rd deadline. While the team could use an upgrade at the linebacker position or a healthy offensive lineman, trading for players doesn’t make much sense for the Eagles at this moment.

Last season, the Eagles got defensive end Genard Avery in exchange for a fourth-round pick and received linebacker Duke Riley in return for safety Johnathan Cyprien, so we know Roseman isn’t afraid to pull a trigger in the middle of the season. Those types of trades hardly make move the needle though, and this has been true for Riley and Avery who have played a rotational role for the most part since they arrived in the ‘City of Brotherly Love’.

Still, just because something didn’t work out in the past, that doesn’t mean it will be fruitless in the future, but past results aren’t encouraging when it comes to the ‘Birds’ trading for players during the season. If anything they should be sellers and not buyers before the deadline to get rid of many of the pricey veterans as they can.

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The Eagles are currently projected to be $68 million over the cap in 2021 and trading some of their highest-earning players could help them fix some of that. The question is whether or not anyone would be interested in taking some of those financial headaches (especially if they’re also injury-prone like Jackson and Jeffery). To make long stories short, while acquiring a player before November 3rd may give them short-term relief, it might cause more issues in the long run than it fixes. The Eagles are better off not letting the trade deadline come and go.