Philadelphia Eagles rumors: Intriguing Zach Ertz, Xavien Howard trade ideas

Zach Ertz #86, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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Possible Philadelphia Eagles trade scenarios to land Xavien Howard

Before any of us go any further and before one more word is uttered, we should all be fair about this. There’s a slight possibility that stating the Philadelphia Eagles have interest in Xavien Howard and calling that a rumor might be a stretch. At the time of this story being written and published, nothing substantial connects the two sides other than a few whispers here and there.

On the other hand, we all know how this works at this point in our football lives. A position of need in Philly’s locker room plus a disgruntled NFL star that wants out of his current situation equals endless stories about why Philly’s one of the possible suitors (or why they aren’t), why he’d work here (or he wouldn’t), how Philly should get him here (or why the shouldn’t).

Xavien Howard entered the NFL in 2016 (that same draft the Philadelphia Eagles got that redheaded quarterback in). Since then, he’s set the league on fire even if some of you haven’t noticed. He does play for the lowly Miami Dolphins after all.

Five NFL seasons have produced a Second-team All-Pro nod (2018), a First-team All-Pro designation (2020), and Pro Bowl nods in both 2018 and in 2020. He also led the NFL in interceptions in both 2018 and in 2020. Rumor has it that he isn’t happy though, and thus begins a theory.

What if the Birds shipped Zach Ertz off to South Beach to land a man who. when paired with Darius Slay, possibly gives Philly the best duo of cover guys in the entire NFL (no disrespect is intended to those guys in Baltimore)? You see where this is headed right? All rumors are not created equal, and this one may be worth exploring.

Sure, some of you are thinking about salary, but this is assuming Ertz’s deal eats away at some of what Howard is owed and Howie Roseman is able to adjust the books with a reworked deal. Here are two trade scenarios that could get Howard to Philly.