5 players the Eagles should trade for before the start of the 2022 season

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NFL: AUG 27 Preseason – Bears at Browns
CLEVELAND, OH – AUGUST 27: Cleveland Browns running back D’Ernest Johnson (30) carries the football as Chicago Bears cornerback Kindle Vildor (22) attempts to make a tackle during the first quarter of the National Football League preseason game between the Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns on August 27, 2022, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The Eagles are frantically putting together the final pieces for their 53-man roster. After an impressive offseason, it seems that Howie Roseman may want to pick up that thought again before Tuesday afternoon.

While the team could make moves using OT Andre Dillard as trade bait, which I believe would be a bad idea, they could maybe even ship out Jalen Reagor with a pick to bolster their roster. Let’s first focus on who the team should target to put the icing on the cake of what was a successful offseason.

S Eddie Jackson

Let’s be honest for a moment. The Bears are going nowhere fast and they could benefit from additional draft capital to help build around Fields and company. While Roquan Smith is a very attractive asset, the Eagles don’t need a LB. But, they do need a safety. Eddie Jackson would be a great veteran presence for that group and could come cheap, especially if Reagor was included.

The Bears need more wideouts to help Mooney and Fields while the Eagles need a safety that they can truly rely on. Jackson for Reagor and a 5th-round pick sounds fair to me.

S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson

CGJ is a very intriguing option. He gives you the Malcolm Jenkins role that’s necessary for Gannon’s scheme. Gardner-Johnson has been reserving himself without holding out due to being in a contract year. At age 24, it’s odd that the Saints haven’t extended him yet, but this is where Philly could come in.

The Saints need offensive line help and while I am against trading away Dillard, a player like CGJ is going to have a much bigger impact at this point. You trade for him and extend him and now all of a sudden your Safety group is well established. 

Dillard and a 6th or 7th should do the trick but the Saints should also send a pick back.

RB D’Ernest Johnson

This makes too much sense for Philly. Johnson doesn’t have much tread on him and everyone has seen what he can do behind the Browns’ offensive line. Johnson rushed for 534 yards last season while averaging 5.9 yards per carry. 

He is on a cheap contract and will be a free agent after this season, so if he doesn’t work out then no harm no foul. I think Philly trades Reagor for Johnson and a mid-round draft pick. 

RB Jamaal Williams

I still believe that this is the move to make. Williams is a big-bodied back that can come in and assist this offense. The only issue is that he’s also rooted himself deeply within the Lions. It would be tough to get him out of Detroit. He ran for 601 yards last season but only averaged 3.9 yards per carry. Behind this offensive line, those numbers would be greatly inflated. I think it would take a 3rd or 4th round pick but anything higher or added to this deal is too much.

DE Robert Quinn

Let’s head back to the Midwest and check in on Robert Quinn. The Eagles are a bit light on depth at the edge and Quinn could be a good addition to this defensive line. Quinn is 32-years-old and does not want to be a part of the rebuilding that’s going on in Chicago. The only issue is that he has three years left in his 5-year, $70 million deal. That could be a turn-off for the Eagles. If it’s possible though, I would think a 4th or 5th could do it but the salary could be an issue still.

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