Philadelphia Eagles pull off surprising trade but don’t gain much

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Well, this one came out of nowhere. On the final day that teams are granted to announce who’s made their 53-man roster, the Philadelphia Eagles announce a trade. Calm down. We’re not talking about Zach Ertz, Derek Barnett, or Andre Dillard.

Believe it or not, Howie Roseman has found draft capital for Matt Pryor. Stop laughing. It’s true.

Philadelphia Eagles G.M. Howie Roseman deserves major kudos for this one.

According to, the team’s official website, the Philadelphia Eagles are trading veteran guard/tackle hybrid Matt Pryor and a 2022 sixth-round draft choice to the Indianapolis Colts. In exchange for his services, the Colts send a sixth-round draft choice in the 2022 NFL Draft to Philadelphia.

Now, there are two ways that you can look at this. One, the Eagles could have, very well, waived Pryor and gotten nothing for him, so when you think about things in this sense, acquiring the additional draft choice can be seen as a win.

Pryor was added to the nest via a sixth-round draft choice in 2018 after a nice career at TCU with the Horned Frogs. When you look at things in that sense, it feels like they haven’t lost much.

Then again, and this is the second point of view, the Birds also give up the seventh-round draft choice. Sure, giving up a seventh to get a sixth is an upgrade, but it feels as though losing a player and a draft choice (even if that player is as bad as Pryor) makes this feel like a wash.

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You can argue among yourselves about that one, but maybe we shouldn’t overthink this. Again, the Eagles could have simply waived Pryor and gotten nothing for him. At the time of this story being published, about 1 p.m. EST on the East Coast, the Eagles’ roster stands at 75 players. Bookmark Inside The Iggles‘ cuts/transactions tracker, so you can stay abreast of the comings and goings.