The NFL’s trade deadline approaches. As is the case every season, there’s intrigue about what the Philadelphia Eagles may or may not do. Vice president/general manager Howie Roseman has a history of making unexpected moves and those of the expected variety. He just does them when we don’t see them coming. It’s a huge part of the reason that we can’t stop discussing this guy. He’s almost as entertaining as the team he runs.
Ever since we were introduced to Philadelphia’s leader of the front office, it’s been quite a show.
The Eagles are one of the most trade-happy teams in all of pro football. He hasn’t always called the shots. Once, he was buried in the equipment room by Chip Kelly, but he has total control of roster decisions now.
At times, he’s missed. At others, he’s won the lottery, but if we haven’t learned anything else about good old Howie Roseman, we can all agree that we expect him to be active and aggressive at the aforementioned trade deadline. Buckle up we expect a show.
Howie Roseman’s known for last-minute moves. Let’s hope another is coming.
If these feelings sound familiar, it’s because they are. Just four years ago, the then-reigning Pro Football Writers Association’s Executive of the Year orchestrated a midseason trade on Tuesday, October 29th of that year for wide receiver Golden Tate III. The Detroit Lions earned a third-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Birds landed what would wind up being a postseason hero.
Tate hauled in 30 receptions for 278 yards and scored a touchdown during the regular season after Philly acquired him, but his biggest highlight came during the Wild Card Round of the NFC Playoffs versus the Chicago Bears.
His fourth-quarter touchdown wound up putting the Eagles up on the scoreboard for good. The now-famous ‘double-doink’ by former Eagle Cody Parkey that followed ensured the Birds would move on and play football for another week.
Roseman’s best midseason trade, however, came one year earlier in 2017. A fourth-round selection in 2018’s draft was dealt to the Miami Dolphins for running back, Jay Ajayi. He’d become a valuable cog in the Eagles’ Super Bowl machine.
Currently, the Philadelphia Eagles stand at 6-0 in this young 2022-2023 NFL season. Following their Week 7 bye, they host the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 8. That one precedes November 1st’s trade deadline at 4 p.m. EST.
The current regular season has been an exciting one. Everyone will be watching to see if Howie Roseman makes a move. If you’re like the rest of us, there’s some excitement that he’ll look to be a buyer at the deadline and pull one more trick from his sleeve.