On the same afternoon that the Eagles found out that one of their wide receivers was arrested on a gun charge, the 4PM NFL trade deadline came and went without even a whimper.
Eagles sticking with these WRs for rest of 2016
JMatt – 38th in receiving yards
Agholor – 111th
DGB – 121st
Huff – 217th
— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) November 1, 2016
In the sports talk world, an Eagles trade for Alshon Jeffery or Torrey Smith probably seemed likely or at least possible. In the real world, who knows how close they came to making a deal. It does however, seem like there was at least a little bit of smoke to the trade rumors.
Ed Werder, on ESPN: Eagles are willing to trade a fifth-round pick for Torrey Smith. 49ers want a third-rounder.
— Adam Hermann (@adamwhermann) November 1, 2016
This next tweet makes things more interesting
Torrey Smith confirms there were “negotiations” as far as a trade but that he’s expecting no surprises in the next 15 minutes.
— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) November 1, 2016
Ok so Torrey Smith was aware of “negotiations”, but what exactly does that mean? I’m wondering if the negotiations he’s speaking about were actually between the Eagles and his agent, not just the Eagles and San Francisco. This makes even more sense, stay with me on this. The Eagles offer a 5th, Niners want a 3rd. Why wouldn’t both parties meet in the middle? Eagles desperately need a professional wide receiver who can stretch the field and the Niners have no shot at being competitive any time soon. Doesn’t it seem logical that a 4th rounder (conditional?) would get it done and satisfy both sides?
So if compensation was agreed upon, wouldn’t it also makes sense that the Eagles would want to renegotiate Smith’s contract? In 2017 and 2018, Smith is scheduled to make 8 million dollars per year in salary. That’s a lot of money for a guy who has 46 catches in his last 23 games. So Howie agrees to the trade, but contingent upon Torrey Smith reworking his contract, which he wasn’t willing to do and the deal was off. This scenario makes the most sense to me.
As far as Alshon Jeffery, looks like Eagles fans will have to wait until the offseason if they want to see him in green. Of the two players rumored to be headed to Philadelphia, Jeffery was less likely to happen. Jeffery is making a lot of money and will be a free agent at the end of the season. I’m sure if the Eagles really wanted him for the rest of the 2016, they could have figured something out.
The Eagles also couldn’t have worked out a contract extension with Jeffery. Any player who is playing under the franchise tag can’t be extended until the offseason. Essentially, the trade would be a nine game rental and maybe you get a chance at selling yourself as a place Jeffery should stay. Then you would have to pay him as a free agent. Pay him a lot.
So why wouldn’t the Bears just trade him to shed his salary for the rest of the season and get something, anything, before he walks in free agency? The Bears would likely get a 3rd or 4th round compensatory pick if Jeffery eventually departs as a free agent, so unless the Eagles were willing to trade a 2nd or 3rd round pick for a 9 game rental, why would Chicago make the trade? And I can’t see the Howie Roseman trading anything other than a late round pick for a potential 9 game rental.
Any way you look at it, the Eagles will enter Sunday’s game against the Giants with the same wide receivers. While I was hoping that they could get a deal done, I’m glad that they didn’t mortgage future draft picks for a player who might not be here longer than a year or two. This is the first season of a building project. If they were a wide receiver away from possibly winning something, then I could see trading a draft pick for someone to help in 2016. But the Eagles are far from being a player away, they need those draft picks to get players in multiple areas.
Smart move by Howie to not force a trade, even when you know you need to upgrade the position. Especially when you might be missing another wide receiver this week.
As you probably have heard by now, Josh Huff was arrested Tuesday morning. Here are the latest details
via USA Today
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Josh Huff was arrested early Tuesday morning and charged with possession of a 9 mm handgun without a permit and having a small amount of marijuana after he was pulled over for speeding.
Huff was stopped on the Walt Whitman Bridge, which connects Philadelphia with Camden County, N.J, at around 11 a.m. ET, according to a court complaint.
In addition charges for possessing the gun without a permit and for the magazine with six hollow-point bullets, he also faces a disorderly persons offense for having less than 50 grams of marijuana, police told the Associated Press.
Hollow point bullets? Dude that’s not good. He shouldn’t be out driving around with weed in his car, that’s bad judgement, but it’s not the end of the world. The hollow point bullets are a whole different ball game.
Things worse for WR josh huff. On the charges 2day sources tell me along w gun and weed there were 6 hollow point bullets. charge 4 each 1.
— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) November 1, 2016
Just when I was starting to feel like Huff could be a reliable contributor to this team in the future, this happens. Will be interesting to see how Doug Pederson handles the situation. I’m not sure Huff see’s the field on Sunday.