2 surprise trades Philadelphia Eagles should consider

Derek Barnett #96, Fletcher Cox #91 (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia Eagles fans had high hopes for Derek Barnett. What happened?

When the Philadelphia Eagles selected a young defensive end, Derek Barnett, in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, most fans had high hopes for him, and for good reason. The former Volunteer had just broken a program sack record held by Eagles great Reggie White.

If you watched any of his film, you could see the tenacity and the skill set of a potential superstar at the highest level. Sure, Barnett has shown us some great moments here and there, but he’s never evolved into the pass-rusher that he needs to be to become the dominant force that most of us were expecting him to become.

Now, that hasn’t been due to a lack of talent as Barnett can play with the best of them. He’s just never been able to demonstrate that he can do so consistently. Maybe a change of scenery could bring the best out of Barnett. Here’s an idea. Again, it’s time to think outside of the box.

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How’s this? The Philadelphia Eagles send defensive end Derek Barnett and a 2022 seventh-round pick to the Indianapolis Colts. In exchange, the Colts will send cornerback Kenny Moore and a conditional 2023 fifth-round pick, that can become a fourth-round pick. Obviously, the draft position for that one will be based on incentives that are worked out between the two teams.

As with the Cox trade, this is a move that helps both teams. The Colts, like the Seahawks, need pass-rushing help, and the Eagles really need help at the cornerback position. It’s a win-win.