One of my favorite movies growing up was Back to the Future. To this day, I’ll still watch it every time I pass it when flipping through the channels. With the wide receiver trade rumors that have been swirling over the last 48 hours, I feel like I just jumped in the Delorean and went back in time. Back to the days of creating trade scenario’s for every wide receiver we feel like should be available. “Let’s trade a first rounder this season, a 2nd rounder next, and Freddie Mitchell, and we get Anquan Boldin and a 5th round pick”.
I remember all of this so vividly because, working sports talk radio, it’s kinda what we do. Take a report, “Eagles are having internal discussions about blah blah blah”. Throw the trade against the wall and let the debates begin. “Here are the telephone numbers, if you were the Eagles, would you do it?”
Pre and post-TO, except for those 2 seasons of TO and until Andy Reid drafted DeSean Jackson, this franchise was always on the hunt for a wide receiver. It really goes back into the 80’s after Mike Quick retired, the Eagles never had much success finding a pro bowl level wide receiver. They tried the draft, they tried free agency, they tried everything, but here we are, October 26 2016, and it might as well be 2003. Or 1993. Or 2006.
Yesterday a rumor surfaced that the Eagles were speaking with the Niners about Wide Receiver Torrey Smith. It makes sense. The trade deadline is coming up on November 1st, San Francisco is terrible and in desperate need of a complete rebuild. Torrey Smith hasn’t come close to living up to the 5 year 40 million dollar contract he signed before the 2015 season. Some of this could be blamed on the 49ers poor quarterback play, but Smith has never been a high volume catch wide receiver. The value he brought in his time with Baltimore was his speed and the ability to stretch the field and be Joe Flacco’s deep threat.
Which brings us to the latest rumor
Huh, #Eagles are trying for Alshon Jeffery after all.
Would need him to work out long term deal. Mid round pick to #Bears as compensation.
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) October 25, 2016
Was told they’re interested and trying to make a move, not that it’s done. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) October 25, 2016
Eagles interest in Alshon Jeffery has been speculated as well, but this report takes it to the next level. Yesterday, we actually discussed trading a high draft pick for Jeffery and how it was a no brainer, as long as the Eagles could work out an extension.
First, is the rumor legit? Jeffery is a free agent after the season and the real question is whether Chicago is interested in shelling out a ton of money to keep him long term. He’s playing 2016 on a franchise tag and is being paid a little over 14.5 million, which is a lot of money for any player. The Bears are also about to enter a rebuild mode, so why would they pay Jeffery a huge long term contract or even franchise him again when they don’t have much of a chance to compete in the next 5 seasons. So while I can’t say for sure if the rumor is legit, it does make sense from the Bears standpoint.
Ok, now does it make sense for the Eagles? Well it’s an obvious need. You don’t need to have to break down game film to know the Eagles need to upgrade the wide receiving position. Jeffery is also just 26 years old, so it’s not like you’re getting a guy who is past his prime. The player itself makes sense for the Eagles, but this isn’t just about Jeffery being a good player.
I’m assuming that any trade would be contingent on working out an extension, unless the Eagles are comfortable with just renting Jeffery for this season and trying to sign him in the offseason. If the latter was the case, I couldn’t see the Eagles giving up more than a late round selection. Even if they were able to sign him to a contract extension, I still can’t see Chicago getting anything other than conditional mid-round pick.
Draft picks have never been more valuable in sports, so even a 3rd round pick is important to a team that is trying to build for the long haul. The Eagles could get him via free agency in the offseason and not have to give him anything except money. The Eagles are not trading a 1st or 2nd round pick for Jeffrey, there is no need to do it. Chicago has zero leverage at this point? They can try and trade him now for something or get nothing in a few months when he leaves via free agency.
So yes, I’d trade do the trade, but only for a mid or late round selection, as the most recent report indicated. This offense needs weapons to help Carson Wentz and the wide receiving corps would look a lot stronger with Jeffery heading the group. Will it happen? Howie Roseman has shown that he’s afraid to go out and make a bold move. He’s clearly sniffing around and he should be. I’d put the chances of a trade involving a WR at less than 50/50. We’ll see what happens, less than a week until the trade deadline.
— Some film study on the Eagles success getting to Sam Bradford by ESPN’s Vikings reporter. Definitely worth the read
— Russell Wilson didn’t waste any time
— We know Eagles fans have a reputation of being drunk and disorderly, but it does happen in other places too. Check out this LSU fan, being dragged out of the stands for being too drunk and puking on other people
Schemed too hard. pic.twitter.com/1SnbIrItV8
— Emily Dupre (@emily_dupre) October 23, 2016
Youth Football Coach in Rhode Island played one of his players older brother in a game. The team is comprised to 13 and 14 year olds, the older brother was 19.
Here’s the picture of the adult who was snuck into a game of 13 year olds by the coach of a Rhode Island youth football team. pic.twitter.com/GTHfVJhSnp
— Toucher and Rich (@Toucherandrich) October 25, 2016