Who would have thought that it would be this hard to find a star wide receiver to upgrade this Philadelphia Eagles offensive unit? We thought when this team cleared all of that cap space that they would have, at minimum, been able to compete for some of the more sought-after stars hitting the free-agent market. Instead, after the top guys signed elsewhere or returned to familiar surroundings and Philly reacquired many of the guys that we expected to walk, the window for making any splash move seemingly slammed shut.
All hope wasn’t (and still isn’t) lost though. Maybe Philly could trade for someone. Calvin Ridley was reportedly an option, and then, you know what happened. That’s when the hopes of many of the members of Eagles Nation began to rest on acquiring D.K. Metcalf (if they weren’t already).
We’ve explored ways that Philly could strike a deal. After that, we even drew up a mock that featured a trade to land the star wide receiver. That was when the Birds had three first-rounders though.
Here we are post-trade with the New Orleans Saints. It appears that those windows are still closed. Now, it appears that the doors are locked too. All hope of acquiring D.K. Metcalf, the man the Eagles passed on in 2019 to land JJ Arcega-Whiteside, seems to be on life support.
The source denying the Eagles’ attempts to contact Seattle is a very good one.
It seemed like the Eagles had more ammunition to influence a trade with the Seattle Seahawks when Philadelphia had three first-round draft picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. As you know, that’s no longer the case.
No one knows what to expect now, but here’s what we’re sure of. Influencing a trade that ends with D.K. trading one bird’s nest for another will be costly. 94 WIP-FM’s Howard Eskin reported that the Seahawks turned down the New York Jets’ offer of the tenth-overall selection in a recent trade proposal which leads one to ask what it’s going to take if that won’t do it.
The Eagles don’t want to overspend, right? Maybe we should ask if Philly is even interested. According to a very reliable source, D.K. Metcalf, it isn’t definite that the Hawks have even been contacted. Take a look.
Okay, so let’s take some inventory. Trading for D.K. Metcalf will, again, be expensive for the interested franchise. The Birds seemingly don’t have the resources necessary (and they wouldn’t spend them if they did), and there’s a possibility that the Eagles brass isn’t as serious about making this happen as some of the rest of us are.
Perhaps, the best thing to do at this point is to move on and explore other options. Getting any of our hopes up seems pointless. The Eagles are spinning their wheels and seem to be more focused on preparing for 2023 than being competitive in 2022. That type of attitude from this organization seems to be more common these days.
We’ll say what the rest of you may have thought a few times by now. So much for that new norm, huh?