Report: Eagles tried to trade for Chargers RB Melvin Gordon

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Perhaps there was some legitimacy to Melvin Gordon following the Eagles on Instagram after all. Okay, maybe not, but according to MMQB’s Albert Breer, the Birds did actually try to trade for the two-time Pro Bowler.

So Howie Roseman offered Jordan Howard, who was traded for this offseason and is in his contract year, and a mid-round pick swap. That’s probably the ‘Howiest’ offer possible, but the Chargers are trying to maximize their return.

According to a source, the Chargers want at least ‘a first-round pick and an additional asset’. Now, this is obviously setting the bar high in order to negotiate down, but it does make the Eagles’ offer look a little underwhelming. However, it could just be a realistic expectation of what the Eagles wanted to give up.

Recently-drafted Miles Sanders is the future of the position and Jordan Howard is no slouch. At just 24-years old, the former Chicago Bear has been nothing short of productive. The workhorse back amassed 3,370 rushing yards and 24 TDs on 778 carries- ranking third in the NFL in rushing yards since his debut. So it’s not as if a failure to acquire Gordon is going to suddenly leave the Eagles backfield in chaos.

However, Gordon has averaged close to 1,500 total yards and 13 touchdowns over the last three years, so swapping assets in order to relieve the Chargers of a headache was a sneaky move by Roseman.

I don’t think this is anything more than just trying to make the extraordinary happen, but unfortunately, the Chargers are way too deep into this hole than to take anything less than maximized returns.

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