Eagles rumors: Howie Roseman might be looking to poach the Saints again

Howie Roseman, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Howie Roseman, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) /

You’ll never hear any complaints this way. Still, at some point, one has to wonder why the other 31 NFL franchises still answer the phone and listen to what Philadelphia Eagles vice president/general manager Howie Roseman has to say. That’s especially true of New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis. He has to be tired of being taken to the woodshed.

Watching Howie’s work is a thing of beauty. His ability to pull off these Jedi mind tricks time and time again is enough to make one wonder if he’s managed to dig up some dirt on every NFL general manager outside of the Delaware Valley, dirt that he holds over their heads as leverage whenever negotiating a move of some sort.

Less than 24 hours ago, the Eagles announced that they had landed Robert Quinn and only needed to offer the Chicago Bears a fourth-round draft selection to do so. The NFL’s trade deadline approaches, one scheduled for November 1st, and there are whispers that good old Howie may not be done. This time, the New Orleans Saints are again in his crosshairs.

What if we told you that there are rumblings that the Birds may be looking to make another splash by acquiring Alvin Kamara? Don’t take our word for it. Take a look for yourselves.

It makes sense. Remember there was interest from Philadelphia’s direction in Christian McCaffrey, but as NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Adam Hermann reported, those talks eventually fell through. Kamara is a five-time Pro Bowl nod (2017–2021), a two-time Second-team All-Pro (2017, 2020), and a former NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (2017). His addition to the Eagles’ offense would make them virtually impossible, but it does beg a question.

Again, why do the other NFL teams still take calls from the Eagles’ general manager?

There are times when we can ignore these types of statements, but we’ve long known Ric Serritella for his work with Sports Illustrated’s NFL Draft Bible. He’s also a mainstay on JAKIB Sports member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He can be trusted.

Sure, often smoke won’t lead us to a fire, and this may not lead to anything of note. We’re also well aware that, at this time of the year, you can name several players as Eagles targets. CBS Sports’ Jeff Kerr recently restarted rumors of a Kareem Hunt acquisition. On the other hand, here’s a serious question though. Does any sudden move by Howie surprise us anymore?

In less than two NFL calendar years, he pawned Carson Wentz off on the Indianapolis Colts and somehow got a first-round draft choice out of the deal. During the first night of the most recent NFL Draft, he stole the show by selecting Jordan Davis and adding A.J. Brown by way of a trade.

The Eagles currently own the Saints’ 2023 first-round draft choice, one that might wind up being of the top-five variety, and even though he signed James Bradberry and Kyzir White rather than striking a deal with another franchise to claim them (remember that they were free agents), he did poach the Saints on another occasion by offering them a fifth-round pick and the lower of their two sixth-round picks in the 2024 NFL Draft to acquire a 2025 seventh-round pick and Chauncey Gardner Johnson.

Maybe Howie isn’t hypnotizing anyone in the negotiation process. We’re just baffled at how he keeps doing what he’s doing time and time again.

Don’t get us wrong, we’re happy, and the aforementioned addition of Robert Quinn figures to be a game-changer, but if the Eagles win a Super Bowl during the season or the next, they may need to consider sending a few rings to the Saints front office for throwing them the alley-oop pass.

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