Discussions about adding players from a division rival are always a touchy subject for Eagles fans.
Roster turnover is inevitable in the NFL. Occasionally, former Eagles trade their jerseys for those belonging to the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, or Washington Commanders (and vice versa). We hate seeing it, but it happens.
Typically when former rivals join the Birds, the results aren’t favorable, especially recently. Think Ryan Kerrigan, Orlando Scandrick, or DeMarco Murray if you need an example, but that doesn’t mean Philly should stop fishing in the NFC East’s pool.
If they can find someone that can help them win from a rival’s roster, they have to make the move. After all, that James Bradberry addition worked out.
Donovan Wilson, safety, Dallas Cowboys
Though there’s no way to tell, there are theories that the Dallas Cowboys could place the franchise tag on Tony Pollard. It would be nice to add someone with his skill set to Philly’s roster, but that seems unlikely.
It’s for that reason that we’d take safety Donovan Wilson as a consolation prize. He’s a physical downhill talent that can play himself out of position at times, but he’s a bone crusher that can also generate pressure. Keep an eye on him.
We’d love to steal Saquon Barkley from the New York Giants, but there’s no way this would happen, right?
Yeah, on the surface it feels like there’s no way Saquon Barkley winds up in Philly. Wouldn’t that be nice though? Philly always beats the G-Men, but robbing Big Blue of its lone offensive weapon would add insult to injury. Those are insults and injuries we’d love to see.
Besides that, what are the other options? Daniel Jones? Julian Love? We’d rather re-sign Anthony Harris again than take Julian Love, and if the Giants franchise Daniel Jones, which is possible, Saquon could find himself exploring other options.
Daron Payne, defensive tackle, Washington Commanders
Add Daron Payne to the Eagles’ roster, and an already impressive defense improves substantially. He’s another expensive option, but if the Eagles extend Javon Hargrave, that should free up some cash to help get a deal with Payne done.
Then again, the Commanders could franchise Payne. The Eagles could franchise Hargrave, and none of this conversation would matter.