The NFL term has come and gone, and the Philadelphia Eagles are neither buyers nor sellers. In fact, the entire NFL tournament is quite quiet, as only seven players have moved in in the past three days, with no blockbuster deals. Consider commercial performance, across the federation:
|Player||Original team||Transactions for|
|WR Isaiah Ford||Dolphin||Patriot|
|LB Kwon Alexander||49ers||St|
|LB Kiko Alonso||St||49ers|
|RB DeAndre Washington||Chief||Dolphin|
|DT Eli Ankou||Texans||Cowboys|
|LB Avery Williamson||Jet plane||Steelworker|
|DB Desmond King||Charger||Titan|
This is the first time the Eagles are inactive on trade term since 2016, as they have been in transactions for the past three years:
|Year||Eagles have||Eagles gave up|
|2017||RB Jay Ajayi (from Dolphins)||Select round 4 year 2018|
|2018||WR Golden Tate (from the lions)||Select round 3 for 2019|
|2019||DE Genard Avery (from Browns)||2021 votes round 4|
Ajayi helped Eagles win the Super Bowl, while Tate was a disappointing deal, who was gone, and Avery has yet to find a suitable role for the team.
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• Should Eagles be a buyer? When Cowboys lost defensive midfielder Dak Prescott during the season, the door opened open for Eagles to win NFC East. According to TheLines.com, they are currently -275 favorites. Any casual observer of Eagles, however, can see that this is not a legitimate Super Bowl candidate and the goal every year should be to win the Super Bowl championship. Since they won them all in 2017, the Eagles have gotten worse and worse as a team, while their core players are getting older and more vulnerable, with the world Salary restrictions are becoming increasingly limited.
A short term lease, like the Golden Tate example above, will make no sense to this group. However, does it make sense to buy a player who can stick with the team for the long term? There is some logic to that, but the term is historically the seller’s market. There are better bargains found on outside players during the season.
• Should the eagle be the salesman? If they could exchange Alshon Jeffery for literally anything, they would have done it. On the other hand, the only legitimate player with the ability to legally trade is Zach Ertz, who has publicly expressed his disappointment to the team that he has not been able to renew his contract this past season. But with Ertz on IR, the revised 2020 tournament rules have allowed him to be dealt with.
If there is a good team that exists at NFC East and the Eagles even have very little chance of competing for division, then perhaps you should take more drastic moves, such as dealing with a guy like Fletcher Cox, for example. But with a split win, it makes sense for the Eagles to try to enter the knockout stages with what they have, and hopefully the metaphorical bulb will appear for this team in January.
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