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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Philadelphia Eagles trade scenario number two

What some of you are thinking is obvious, and you’re absolutely right. Who in the heck likes late-round draft choices? Okay, here’s another idea if you didn’t like the first.

Obviously, the Philadelphia Eagles trade one guy for another (Ertz for Howard), but again, because of the fact that Miami seemingly has the better chance of coming out on the losing side of this deal (Howard is 28 and turns 29 next July), the two teams, again, swap draft capital, Philly just gives up two picks.

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In this scenario, the Birds give up a fifth-rounder in 2022’s NFL Draft and a seventh-rounder in 2023. Miami isn’t asked to give up a draft choice until 2023, but that one’s a little higher than the one the Fins gave up in the first scenario. How about another conditional pick? This one would be a fifth-rounder in 2023 that could become a fourth-rounder if Zach Ertz plays and meets certain stipulations that are again agreed upon by the two teams.

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It isn’t perfect, but what trade is, right? It’s the NFL. It’s rare that both sides win, but in the long term, this is a win for both sides.

The Philadelphia Eagles get their cover guy to pair with Darius Slay, and the Dolphins receive a tight end for Tua Tagovailoa. The last time we checked, nothing makes quarterbacks in this game more comfortable than having those security blankets, and nothing screams the word security like having one of the NFL’s better tight ends (which Zach Ertz can still claim to be).