Haason Reddick's trade value for the Eagles can be understood by revisiting recent deals

After a couple of weird news days involving the Eagles' best player on defense, we have to be prepared for anything.
Haason Reddick, Philadelphia Eagles
Haason Reddick, Philadelphia Eagles / Perry Knotts/GettyImages

The truth always lies somewhere in the middle, and this is almost certainly the case when discussing Haason Reddick. Is he staying or leaving the Philadelphia Eagles? One has to explore the timeline First, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported he had received permission to seek a trade. Then, Bleacher Report’s Jordan Schultz reported that he never requested a trade

One of them has to be wrong, right? Sure! Anything is possible. Is it more likely that there are half-truths in both of their reports? Definitely! These guys have their jobs for a reason. Throwing out trade rumors for one of the NFL’s premier pass rushers is an objectively dumb thing to do which leads us to believe there's more to the story. Much more...

Edge rushers like Eagles star Haason Reddick are very valuable and the NFL realizes that.

Okay, maybe Haason Reddick didn’t formally request a trade. we know he’s unhappy with his current contract. Maybe we should gather the Eagles' front office said he could seek a trade partner and deal he likes. Or maybe Haason did ask for a trade and Philly is letting him test the market. The situation is murky and convoluted.

The point is many different scenarios are working with and against one another here. It’s best to be prepared for anything, so in the case that he does get traded, let’s take a gander at what the Eagles could potentially get for him. The best way to do that is by seeing how other elite pass rushers are being paid. 

During the past three NFL seasons, we have seen four (or five, depending on who you consider to be good) edge rushers get traded. Now, some of these trades occurred in the off-season as a potential Haason Reddick trade would. Keep that in mind when we are looking at the value of these high-powered players.

Von Miller: Denver Broncos to Los Angeles Rams (Nov. 2021)

Denver sent Miller to Los Angeles and received a second-round and a third-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. At that point, he was 32 years old and coming off a 2020 season where he only played in seven games because of a season-ending ankle sprain. 

Khalil Mack: Chicago Bears to Los Angeles Chargers (Mar. 2022)

Chicago sent Mack to Los Angeles and received a second-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft and a third-round pick in the 2023 draft. Mack was 31 years old at the time and dealing with a situation similar to Von Miller's. Mack only played in seven games in the prior season, one that ended early with foot surgery. 

Bradley Chubb: Denver Broncos to Miami Dolphins (Nov. 2022)

Chubb’s was also intriguing. The trade had Denver sending Chubb and a fifth-round pick in 2025 to Miami for a first-round pick in 2023, a fourth-round pick in 2024, and running back Chase Edmonds. That’s a haul. Chubb was 26 years old at the time and was coming off an injury-plagued 2021 season. 

Montez Sweat: Washington Commanders to Chicago Bears (Oct. 2023)

Washington traded Sweat to the Bears for a second-round pick in the 2024 draft. Sweat was 27 years old at the time of the trade and was coming off of a healthy season. An important aspect of this trade is that the Commanders got absolutely fleeced. Sweat became the first player to lead two teams in sacks in one season, which is objectively funny/cool. 

The common denominator here is that all of these high-end players have been worth at least a second-round pick. There are some big differences: Reddick is 29 years old and he’s coming off four consecutive double-digit sack seasons. Given his age, his health, and his production, a potential Reddick trade should be a haul... and if it's not, we riot.

Please don't leave us Haason. We love you.

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