Exploring the idea and possible ripple effects of trading Nick Foles


Denver Broncos

Another destination that Foles may not entertain because of the location, but this is probably the readiest of the aforementioned options to compete.

Yeah the Jaguars have their defense, but if they lose both Fournette and Yeldon, then Hyde won’t be enough to sustain their rushing success from years past.

Enter Denver.  Incredible defense, may be even better than Jacksonville’s, that’s led by Von Miller, Chris Harris, and defensive rookie of the year contender Bradley Chubb.

Before I move on, I’m not even going to entertain the idea that 94WIP put out about a hypothetical trade involving Wentz and Miller.

  • Wentz is not getting traded.
  • Miller is not getting traded

Alright, let’s move on.

New head coach for the Broncos Vic Fangio could look to move on from Case Keenum, whom Denver signed just a year ago.  New head coaches usually like to bring in new blood, and Fangio is no stranger to Foles.  In case you forgot, Foles and the Eagles beat Fangio and the Bears two weeks ago in the Wild Card Round.

Keenum had a decent year, throwing for over 3800 yards and 18 touchdowns to 15 interceptions, but went 6-10 on the season.

Adding Foles to an offense that features breakout undrafted rookie Phillip Lindsay, and wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Courtland Sutton could prove lethal in a division that has Patrick Mahomes, Phillip Rivers, and Derek Carr.

So what could the Broncos entice the Eagles with?  A couple names stand out.

Chris Harris

I mentioned Harris previously as one of the leaders of the Broncos defense, but could he really be a piece to dangle in trade talks?

Prior to the trade deadline, the Broncos were rumored to be having a “fire sale”, especially after trading longtime Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to the Houston Texans.

Seeing these rumors, Harris posted this cryptic tweet:

He never ended up being traded and ended the season as ProFootballFocus’ number three ranked cornerback.

There is a huge need at corner for the Eagles, as explained in the Jaguars section, and Harris would provide an immediate upgrade.  However, I do not see the Broncos willing to part with his elite skill set.

Royce Freeman

A third-round pick in 2018, Freeman lost the starting job during training camp to undrafted rookie Phillip Lindsay.  This proved to be the right move, as Lindsay had a Pro Bowl caliber year, but Freeman was still very successful.

Freeman averaged 4.0 YPC on only 130 attempts, so he was not used heavily, averaging 9 carries a game.  But he wasn’t a factor in the passing game, only receiving 14 passes on 20 targets, something I spoke about with Fournette earlier.

If the Eagles are intrigued by Freeman’s potential, they may have to pair a late round draft pick with Foles for the Broncos to part with an impact player on a rookie contract.  But if they do get it done, they’ll be getting a young player who could be a fixture in the Eagles backfield for years.  They would also have a leg up on those bottom tier rush defenses that they’ll be facing in 2019.

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