Eagles reporter Howard Eskin eviscerates Micah Parsons trade theories

'The King', Howard Eskin, won't join anyone boarding the 'bring Micah Parsons to the Eagles' train.
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There isn't anyone who follows the Philadelphia Eagles that hasn't heard the name 'Howard Eskin'. He just has one of those names, you know? Merrill Reese and Mike Quick... Angelo Cataldi... Ray Didinger... Did you notice that? All of those names sparked some kind of emotion, and like him or not, you know just as well as we do that when 'The King' talks, people always tune an ear to listen, even if we're only doing so to disagree with him.

Howard has been at this since before most of us were alive. On the day following Fletcher Cox's retirement, he hung out on 94 WIP-FM's Middays with Hugh Douglas and Joe Giglio to answer a question that had been floating around for a few days. Should the Birds explore trading with the hated Dallas Cowboys to land Micah Parsons?

Did you notice that? We mentioned Howard Eskin, the Dallas Cowboys, and a potential trade for Parsons. Frankly, how could you not be interested? Before we get into that, let's dive into some of the background.

Howard Eskin doesn't want Micah Parsons on the Eagles roster. Place a period at the end of that sentence.

Okay, just in case you're still buzzing about Philly's own Dawn Staley leading the South Carolina Gamecocks' women's basketball team to another natty or you're agonizing over the Philadelphia Phillies' sub-.500 start, here's what you've been missing in a brewing Eagles-Micah Parsons saga.

Dallas is reportedly sick of the former 12th-overall selection. Yeah, we all know he's talented, but we also know he's annoying (we'll say it if you don't want to). He's also part of a discussion that involves his possible extension.

Shan Sharrif of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas added some fuel to the fire. He reports Parsons may be wearing out his welcome.

Most of you know this already. Anytime, we see news of any talented player becoming disgruntled, we hear rumors and theories about Philly's perceived interest. When the topic turns to players who are this good, the volume is turned up in our headsets.

As is often the case, we aren't hearing official reports stating the Eagles are aggressively pursuing Parsons. We are, however, hearing supporting theories stating his acquisition would make sense. The former Penn State star is without question one of the NFL's top young players, but the question is this. If the Birds did express true interest, would he be worth the headache?

It didn't take long for our friends over at 94 WIP-FM to weigh in as the conversation took centerstage on the station's individual shows, Middays with Hugh Douglas and Joe Giglio being one of them.

Joe understands the drama that would come with having Parsons on the Eagles roster and seems willing to take that chance. 'The King', Howard Eskin disagrees vehemently.

Here's Howard's take:
"I don't want him at all. He's an ego, all-about-me player... He's a great player, (but) how does that help Dallas? ... I don't want Micah Parsons. He might be a really good player, but I think (he thinks) it's all about him."

Giglio asked Howard if he'd be willing to offer the 22nd overall selection in this year's draft and next year's first round pick as bargaining chips to woo Dallas into making a trade. Eskin's response?

"Absolutely not!"

Truthfully, you can find supporters for both sides of the argument, bringing Parsons in and ignoring him. He's already stacked two First-Team All-Pro nods, three additions to the Pro Bowl roster, and three top-three finishes in Defensive Player of the Year voting. The decision, however, is up to the Eagles' leadership structure.

Philly, despite a bevy of offseason acquisitions, still has the fourth most cap space in the NFL according to Spotrac ($32 million). The Cowboys have just $6 million in cap space. That's the eighth least cap space in pro football. The Eagles can be aggressive if that's their desire.

Remember that Parsons will also need an extension soon. Any interested team can buy themselves some time by exercising a fifth-year option built into his current contract.

He is due just $2.989 million this season. The potential club-exercised option is worth $21.3 million in 2025. Once that concludes, he'd be eligible for free agency.

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