The Eagles Should Pursue Jairus ByrdBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Secondary Friday, August 23rd, 2013
The Eagles should be on the phone right now discussing the pieces needed to acquire the services of free safety Jairus Byrd. Byrd is a two time Pro-Bowler for a Buffalo Bills team that hasn’t been very good since Byrd was drafted in 2009. His college coach you might ask? Byrd played under the tutelage of current Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. Who would Byrd play opposite of at the safety position? You got it, his former college teammate Patrick Chung.
What would we need to trade to make this deal and not just a plea from a sports writer to his fellow Philadelphia front office? I think sending Brandon Graham or Trent Cole with a Danny Watkins would get it done. The Bills lost guard Andy Levitre in free agency to the Titans. Graham and Watkins are former first round picks, Byrd is a second rounder. Cole still has some good football left in him. Maybe Nate Allen could be used as a cornerback/safety hybrid or as part of the trade to acquire the services of Byrd.
With the struggles we have had at the safety position, I’m all-in for making this proposed trade legit. Sending both Watkins and Graham for Byrd and a conditional round pick is how the trade talk should open. If the Bills need a replacement for Byrd at safety, they can help themselves to Allen and we can throw in Coleman. Immediately our starting secondary would be improved, and at what cost? We are currently thin at good talent at the safety position. We will go into the season with question marks surrounding whoever gets the starting spot opposite of Chung. We would be giving up players that are of average talent or unfit for the new 3-4 scheme.
Chip Kelly so far has me loving everything he is doing with this football team. When Kelly speaks to the media, I feel like I’m listening to a man of great intelligence, of relentless drive to succeed excellence. Man crush before he ever coaches a regular season NFL game? I’m electing myself president of the “Chip Kelly Man-Crush Fan Club.”
This trade would benefit the Bills as much as the Eagles. It needs to happen. Chip Kelly, do what you have to do to get another one of your former Oregon Ducks a member of your 2013 Philadelphia Eagles.
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