5 players Eagles should consider trading during 2022 NFL offseason

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Patrick Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles
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48. player. 54. . . . Patrick Johnson, linebacker

The Eagles should spend time developing JaCoby Stevens, but will they be patient?

Year two of Patrick Johnson‘s NFL life approaches, and he’ll be walking a fine line when it happens. On one hand, this former Tulane star appears to be someone the Birds could squeeze some delicious nectar from if they see his talent as untapped fruit. On the other, he’s a seventh-round draft choice this organization could move off of quickly if they find better options at the position.

As far as the Eagles’ linebacker depth chart is concerned, Johnson is behind T.J. Edwards, Davion Taylor, and Shaun Bradley. Then, there’s JaCoby Stevens. He’s one of the young guns the Eagles signed to a futures deal in January. Johnson’s probably ahead of him on the depth chart, but that could change this offseason.

Things get tricky when you throw someone like Alex Singleton into the fray. He’s one of the Eagles’ impending free agents, but if he’s retained, Johnson slides further down the depth chart. Then, you also have to consider the possibility of the Birds drafting a linebacker (or two).

If April comes along and we see significant upgrades to the position, Philadelphia’s focus could shift from developing Johnson to inquiring about what they might get for his services by shipping him off as part of a trade package involving someone else.