The NFL trade deadline is fast approaching. After November 1, teams will no longer be able to negotiate deals with each other and the only way to add to the roster will be through free agency.
As the deadline nears, all eyes will be on the Eagles, who have famously been amongst the most active dealers in the league. Led by trade-happy general manager Howie Roseman, the undefeated Eagles look to be buyers at the deadline.
Despite their perfect record, the Eagles’ roster is not as flawless and has some room for improvement. Here are three players that could provide a midseason spark in Philly:
DE Robert Quinn
Although he is a bit passed his prime, Quinn, 32, would be a welcome addition along the Philly defensive line.
Quinn has been around the game for a long time and has made a career of getting after the quarterback.
Drafted 14th overall in the 2011 NFL Draft, Quinn has racked up 102 sacks in his career, including an absurd18.5 sacks last season.
So, you may be wondering, why would somebody who had nearly 20 sacks last season be on the trading block?
Well, for starters, Quinn is on the wrong side of 30 and his best days have likely come and gone. Additionally, through six games with the Bears this season, Quinn has recorded just one sack.
Again, his best days are likely behind him and it shouldn’t cost too much to acquire him. For a team that loves to stockpile edge rushers, Quinn would be an ideal fit for the Eagles.
WR Brandin Cooks
This one will take some convinving since the Texans publicly announced their intentions to keep him, but wide receiver Brandin Cooks would be a phenomenal trade target for the Eagles.
Cooks, 29, is one of the most underrated receivers in the league. Through nine seasons, Cooks has recorded 1k yards or more in six of them(!).
Since he cracked the league as a first-round pick in 2014, only Travis Kelce and Mike Evans have more seasons with 1k receiving yards or more.
Needless to say, Cooks is pretty freakin’ good. Not to mention he is blazing fast. If the Eagles could acquire him, he would be a great complement to A.J Brown and DeVonta Smith and would be a great veteran for Quez Watkins to learn behind.
Given the Texans’ reluctance to move him, dealing for him won’t be cheap. Perhaps, though, a third round pick and, say, Andre Dillard, would be enough to get the deal done.
RB Kareem Hunt
D’Ernest Johnson has been linked to the Eagles recently but I think it his teammate and depth chart superior Karrem Hunt that should draw interest from Philly.
Hunt is one of the most physical runners in the league. Each time he carries the ball, he punishes defenders and grinds out tough yards.
What’s more, Hunt is a great receiver out of the backfield and offers versatility in the offense.
Hunt requested a trade out of Cleveland this summer, but was denied by the team. Now facing a 2-4 hole to start the season, perhaps the Browns are more willing to sell now.
Hunt is a free agent at season’s end and is unlikely to return to Cleveland, so the team would be smart to get something for him while they still can.
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