Three bold trades that can help the Eagles improve their defense for 2024

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – OCTOBER 14: Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman is pictured prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Philadelphia Eagles on October 14, 2021 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by John Jones/Icon Sportswire)

The Eagles are preparing to have an offseason that could truly make or break their 2024 season. While the free agent pool is as rich as it’s ever been, there are also several players that Howie Roseman could make a move for. After their historical collapse in the 2023 season, Howie Roseman has vowed to be aggressive this off-season to help the team bounce back.

They started by adding some really good coordinators in Vic Fangio and Kellen Moore but now is where the real work starts. Roseman and the Eagles will be tasked to move on from players with heavy contracts while chasing some young impact players who are in line for big paydays. With that being said, here are three bold moves that I would like to see Howie Roseman make this offseason on the trade market:

Patrick Surtain, Cornerback

ORLANDO, FL – JANUARY 01: Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Patrick Surtain II (2) prior to the first half of the Citrus Bowl between the Michigan Wolverines and the Alabama Crimson Tide on January 01, 2020, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL. (Photo by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire)

This goes without saying but the Eagles need a young cornerback that they can build their secondary around. Adding a player like Surtain is a premium move that would cost some premium draft picks but it’s 100% worth it. If the Eagles can find a suitor for James Bradberry, I can see Roseman trading for Surtain and allowing him to play alongside Darius Slay this season while getting acquainted with Kelee Ringo and the young core.

I strongly believe that if Surtain had fallen to the 10th pick, we would be discussing a trade for DeVonta Smith instead. The Eagles brass had an interest in both Patrick Surtain and Jaycee Horn. Surtain has been outstanding to start his career.  He has 7 picks, 36 pass deflections, and has allowed a completion percentage of 56% in his career while also allowing a total of 10 touchdowns.

Brian Burns, EDGE

CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 25: Brian Burns (53) of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after a turnover during a football game between the Carolina Panthers and the New Orleans Saints on September 25, 2022, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. (Photo by David Jensen/Icon Sportswire)

If the Eagles are truly going to move on from Haason Reddick then a move for Brian Burns may be the way to counteract the loss. Burns has been franchise tagged by Carolina but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be swayed into trading the young pass rusher. Burns has 46 total sacks in his career so far with 29.5 of them coming from the last three seasons. While he would also cost some premium picks, Burns is also in line for a premium payday.

This means that the Eagles can extend him and build around him during the prime years of his career.  It’s no secret that the Eagles pass rush faltered last season and adding a player like Burns would erase those awful memories quickly. I mean, who would want a pass rusher that has 95 QB hits over the last five seasons?

Jaycee Horn, Cornerback

OXFORD, MS – NOVEMBER 14: South Carolina Gamecocks defensive back Jaycee Horn (1) during the game between the Ole Miss Rebels and the South Carolina Gamecocks on November 14, 2020, at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, MS. (Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire)

Sticking around in Carolina, why not make a move for Jaycee Horn? He’s had a tough start to his career with injuries but when he’s on the field, he’s been very effective. Horn has only played in 22 games out of a possible 51 games over the last three seasons. This could mean that maybe Carolina could be inclined to move on from the 22-year-old cornerback.

Horn may not cost premium picks like the two players above but he will give you premium play in return. He has only allowed a completion percentage of 54% against him and a total of 3 touchdowns. His passer rating against him last season was the highest thus far at 84.1 but he only allowed 170 receiving yards and 62 yards after the catch in six games last season.

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