Can Howie Roseman right the ship?

Roughly four weeks ago, Carson Wentz, Doug Pederson, and the Philadelphia Eagles seemed like they righted the ship. Fresh off an impressive 34-27 Thursday night win over the Green Bay Packers, the Eagles were now 2-2 with a daunting road ahead of them. 6 of their next 7 games, including three straight on the road, would be the ultimate measuring stick for this team. They kicked the Jets around like everyone expected, it just didn’t go the way we’d thought. That was the easy game out of their next 7. 

Up next, the Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, and Buffalo Bills all on the road. After getting embarrassed in Minnesota, in which Stefon Diggs and Kirk Cousins connected for three touchdowns, a date in Dallas with the Cowboys seemed to be the perfect time for this team to come together and start playing solid consistent football. 

Last Monday, Doug Pederson guaranteed the Eagles would go to Dallas and win. Well after three turnovers, lack luster offensive line play, and poor play calling, the Eagles were embarrassed again, this time on Sunday Night. The 37-10 beat down at the hand of the Cowboys was a culmination of the Eagles inability to draft and the inability to part ways with past success. 

The Eagles have missed on too many draft picks in the past and have tried to fill all those holes in free agency. Compound those mistakes with the questionable resigning of Brandon Graham, Darren Sproles, and allowing Jason Peters and Nelson Agholor to come back, has left this team heading in a downward spiral. 

With the trade deadline a little over a week away, the Eagles are in a tough spot. They’re just one game behind the Cowboys for the division and have to decide whether to go all in for a playoff berth or punt on the season in hopes of retooling for next year. Depending on the route they take depends on whether they want to part with draft picks or acquire them. 

Players they should target:

Cincinnati Bengals DB William Jackson, WR AJ Green

Atlanta Falcons DE Vic Beasley, WR Mohamed Sanu

Denver Broncos DB Chris Harris, WR Emmanuel Sanders

Miami Dolphins DB Xavien Howard

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans

 

Miami Dolphins: Xavien Howard

There is no hiding from the fact that our secondary is struggling to stop just about any wide receiving core. With Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby returning from injury, the Eagles may be more likely to rely on them to fix the issue and address needs elsewhere. Acquiring a top pass rusher and offensive weapons should be the two things Howie needs to focus on. The Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins are both winless and are most likely looking to move players for draft picks. Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard is a four year pro that is regarded as one of the best in the game. In 2018, he played in 12 games and recorded 7 interceptions. His type of playmaking ability in the secondary is just what Jim Schwartz and the Eagles need. The asking price is likely going to be a first round pick and possibly a third.  

Potential Trade: Xavien Howard for 2019 1st round pick, 2020 3rd round pick, Nelson Agholor

 

Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green and William Jackson

The Bengals not only have a DB for the birds, but also a WR that could really help this offense. William Jackson, the 24th overall pick in 2016, is another young corner Howie should look into. Jackson has 1 interception this year through 6 games and is the teams’ top corner. Like Miami, the Bengals are winless and in search of draft picks and young talent. Getting a young player of this caliber from a young rebuilding team is going to be tough and will most likely cost the same if not more than Xavien Howard. 

In addition to Jackson, the Bengals have a stud WR, AJ Green, that could provide significant help to the Eagles offense. Green has been out all year recovering from offseason foot surgery but is nearing a return. Although he is a  free agent at the end of the year, Green still will carry a hefty price tag. A combination of Green and Jackson will probably cost a 1st, 4th, and probably a young player like Rasul Douglas. If the Eagles can acquire both Jackson and Green, not only does the defense get a big boost, but so does Carson and the offense.

Potential Trade: AJ Green and William Jackson for 2019 1st round pick, 2019 4th round pick, Rasul Douglas

 

 (Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports)

Atlanta Falcons: Vic Beasley and Mohamed Sanu

The Eagles pass rush has been very disappointing this year. They are tied for 16th in the league in sacks at 17. The problem is 10 of those 17 came against the New York Jets. Consistent pass rush has alluded this team over the first 7 games this year. The Atlanta Falcons had playoff aspirations this year but sit at 1-6 and should be looking to sell off potential free agents that could help contenders. DE Vic Beasley could be a massive help to the Eagles. One of the fastest DE’s in the league, Beasley is the explosive defensive line playmaker they’re looking for. He has 31 career sacks in 69 career games and his presence would take attention and pressure off Derek Barnett and Fletcher Cox. 

The Falcons also have a WR that could be on a nice addition to the birds. Mohamed Sanu is a bigger bodied receiver who has some speed. He would be an immediate upgrade on the outside and once DeSean Jackson comes back, both would take turns in the slot. Sanu alone wouldn’t cost the Eagles much at all, likely a mid to late round pick. Beasley could cost a 2nd and a player. A deal I could see the Eagles exploring for both would be Beasley and Sanu for Agholor, Douglas, and a 2nd round pick. 

Potential Trade: Vic Beasley and Mohamed Sanu for 2019 2nd round pick, Rasul Douglas, and Nelson Agholor

 

(Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

Denver Broncos:Chris Harris and Emmanuel Sanders

The Broncos offseason acquisition of Joe Flacco hasn’t exactly worked out. With the team now 2-5 there are rumors swirling that the Broncos are going to field calls on WR Emmanuel Sanders and DB Chris Harris. Harris was an undrafted free agent corner that has worked his way into a solid corner. According to Pro Football Focus, Harris has graded out as the 19th best corner this year. He is due to be a free agent at the end of the season and would be a cheaper option that the other two corners mentioned before. I could see a third or fourth round pick for Harris.

Emmanuel Sanders is a veteran receiver who step in and be the Eagles best WR on the roster. He still has good speed and is an exceptional route runner. He is best used as a slot receiver and has performed well for a struggling Broncos offense. His role has the number one option has been overtaken by second year player Courtland Sutton. Sanders has had injury problems in the recent past as he tore his Achilles in December last year and also has had nagging knee injuries this season. Sanders alone would be similar to the Golden Tate trade asking price from a year ago, but if he’s paired with Chris Harris it will cost a few picks and a player. 

Potential trade: Chris Harris and Emmanuel Sanders for a 2019 3rd, 2020 fourth, and Rasul Douglas or Sidney Jones

 

Los Angeles Chargers: Melvin Gordon

This is going to be slightly trickier for the Eagles. The Eagles traded for Jordan Howard in the offseason and drafted Miles Sanders in the second round out of Penn State. Trading for another running back probably isn’t at the top of their priority list but it shouldn’t be too far down. In the beginning of September, Albert Breer of the NFL Network and MMQB, reported that the Eagles placed some calls regarding the availability of Melvin Gordon who was in the midst of a contract holdout. Breer reports that the trade would have been “Jordan Howard and a swap of mid round picks”. My scenario would be different. The Los Angeles Chargers are going all in with Veteran QB Phillip Rivers and have placed a nice array of weapons around him. However, they have once again neglected the Offensive Line and have been hampered by injuries. With Andre Dillard and Lane Johnson ticketed as the tackles of the future, trading Halapoulivaati Vaitai and a mid round pick would help both teams both this year and in the future.

With Austin Ekeler producing well for the Chargers and Gordon most likely leaving at the end of the year, the Chargers would be smart to try to improve the team at his expense. Adding Gordon would give the Eagles four solid options in the backfield and allow them to use Sproles and Sanders how New England uses James White, in the slot. Gordon and Howard are both free agents at the end of the year and the Eagles would get a comp pick if both left, however, I’d expect at least one of the two to return next season. 

Potential Trade: Melvin Gordon for Halapoulivaati Vaitai and a 4th round pick 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Evans

While this is highly unlikely, the NFL has never ceased to surprise me. Tampa Bay, mathematically, is still in the playoff race. They’re third in the NFC South and if they make the playoffs, it will be as a wild card team. TB Quarterback Jameis Winston has all but bought his ticket out of Tampa with his poor play, and will need to address that position in the offseason. If the season ended today, they would pick 11th and most likely would miss out out on top prospects Justin Hubert, Tua Tagovailoa, and possibly Joe Burrows depending which teams are ahead of them. 

Mike Evans is 26, just signed a big 5 year $82.5 million dollar deal, and is an elite WR. If the Bucs didn’t have Chris Godwin, an emerging young Wide Receiver, the chances of this deal would be slim to none. With Godwin and TE OJ Howard, turning Mike Evans into a potential franchise QB and more could help Bruce Arians right the ship in Tampa Bay. While the cost is going to be high, giving Carson Wentz a young, explosive, talented WR such as Evans to grow together in their primes could have a huge pay off. Moving on from Nelson Agholor would help all three sides. For the Eagles they would finally move on from a player that can’t seem to find his footing in Philadelphia. For Tampa, they would get a first round talent WR, that would compliment Chris Godwin very well. And for Nelson, he would get to go back home to where he grew up in Florida and would take a ton of pressure off of him. 

Potential Trade: Mike Evans for 2019 1st, 2019 3rd, 2020 3rd, Nelson Agholor, Sidney Jones 

 

I expect Howie to make a move whether to add and push for the playoffs or potentially sell off a player or two to get more draft capital. 

29 thoughts on “Can Howie Roseman right the ship?

  1. No Howie can’t fix it. He let the franchise walk , the super bowl mvp walk out the door free like an absolute Moron. Now we r stuck with an overpaid smug doosh qb making a bazillion dollars and crippling our cap for the next bazillion years

    LETS GO SIXERS!,,,,

  2. Patriots give up a 2nd Round Draft Pick to the Falcons for WR M Sanu as they tweak an already strong Roster for another Super Bowl Run!!

  3. Nobody would give up a moldy tuna sandwich for Nelson assholor who is a free agent at end of year

    Who wrote this ? Gloomy?

    Also you just guaranteed we are getting Harris then poof we should get one of these loooooozahs. FLIP FLOP

    Also why would we ever make a play for aj green ? We already got a soft ass overrated #1 in Alshon so we gonna line up a softy and a cripple? Does aj come with a free jazzy chair ?

    Last throwing out 1st round picks for this team? With huge holes everywhere you look? Stuuuuuuupid

  4. Ships not afloat , usually like a quacking duck , are indicative of sunken vessels. You’re not going to change the “culture” by bringing in outside players from losing desperate organizations. It’s a tough pill to swallow , but, we’ve unwinded all the good will from the moment we rode down broad street. Howies decisions were lauded by others when he hit on aggressive moves in the past. He brought back aging players and he missed the mark. Sproles, peters, Djax, havent contributed a thing as the mice jump overboard . Reich was a he architect and he’s now in Indy and we may be with the wrong guy; afterall. Making guarantees, are Joe Namaths legacy not a back up qb who perhaps rode the coattails of Reich. Don’t be fooled by the one game separating this squad from the cowgirls . We have a rookie first round left tackle that’s not ready to provide adequate protection , and who is being bullied, we have a first round receiver that can’t catch a cold. Our schedule is going to definitely expose the defensive line and Schwartz bs scheme. If it’s sinking or quacking it’s usually an indicator . Failing to respond , by throwing the future picks at others is the very opposite way to get back into the conversation

  5. San Francisco 49ers Trade a 3rd and 4th Round Pick in 2020 Draft to the Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders and a 2020 5th Round Pick, as the 49ers strengthen their WR Corps/Offense for a Deep Playoff Run

  6. Speaking of trades. Love Ertz but with Goedert starting to play well and Ertz starting to regress i would trade him if we can get a 1st plus

    1. You need 2 Good Tight Ends in the NFL and especially on the Eagles since they can’t seem to Draft or Develop Outside WR’s

      1. 2 playmaking tight ends is a major luxury in the nfl. Sorry ur wrong

        Also why not reduce a playmaking tight end while their value is sky high and get draft capital which clearly we need?

        We lost against lions and falcons. Clearly we aren’t good enough this year so shut it down and find ways to get better next year

            1. Goedert picks up his touches. Real simple. Our 2nd round wr should take assholors spot and finish out the year like that. See what we got and draft or sign wr I’m off-season. Who cares about this year. We stink. Barely beat the damn skins!!!

              We blow dude. Time to build

              Move on from peters now. See what we got with a 1st round pick while we are at it. Let young kids take their lumps now

              Ps who the hell is our linebackers anyway ? Can we get 1 or 3 one year?

  7. Nice comments and observations by Orlando Scandrick !!
    “Eagles still on Super Bowl High and Living in the Past” … Yep ..
    “No Accountability from the Top Down’ referring to GM Roseman which is another form of “Coddling”
    Some unflattering comments about Captain Malcolm Jenkins who has not been the same all Season after not getting his Extension as he wanted and held out for back in the Spring… MJ has been one of the real Leaders of not only the Defense but the entire Team the last Few Years and Now it appears he’s punching a Clock and not really as passionate as things like before…
    Huge Game Sunday that will either save the Season or have the Eagles implode and continue their tailspin
    I like the Bills 26 – 17 at Home Over the Lifeless Eagles

    1. Orlando scandeick is a lying sack of shit and a phony fraud just like you. Videos were released of SCAMdrick praising Jenkins just 2 weeks ago. He’s a scorned phony. Fuck off

    2. You just can’t help yourself fraud…. a guy that was on the team for like 10 days says some bullshit like a scorned lover and you pile on… what a pussy you are.

  8. Fly Eagles fly will be replaced by ; lies eagle lies. Don’t drink the kool aid. Watch the games, and don’t rest on past laurels. We’re a product of poor drafts , signed aged players that can’t or won’t strap it up. Coaches that stubbornly try to fit square pegs into round holes. The best way out of these malaise, is to look in the mirror and repeat “ we stink.” We are in an nfc where we are buried and folly is we’re a game behind the East lead. Philly special has been reduced to philly special needs , as we watch this season unravel.

  9. Defense playing great, offense efficient… bring it home… end the 3 game road trip 1-2…. people may step away from the ledge

    1. It’s amazing when the run game is productive, defense rests , wentz can relax, and guys up front on both lines feed off eachother. The game plan was beautiful, as I feared DOUG might feel the need to whip it around vs running the ball .. Defensively the game plan was much more fun for the guys , and their focus was excellent.Consistency , show me again and again , a focus on 3 sides of the ball and a coach really humbled by his two previous beat downs by conference opponents. I’m not going to high five after this, but it sure feels good.. wins are anecdotal to locker room leaks

      1. They’ve had unfortunate events… leading to early deficit and the game plan gets whacky… there was waaaaay too much overreaction from the fan base.. which is typical

    2. Hac. Thank goodness I cannot take another beat down. It doesn’t erase the Dallas debacle but it sure would be great to be able to get payback and make our game vs the girls at home to be for all the marbles. What we saw last week was an opportunity to hit bottom and respond

  10. Eagles 24 – Bears 16 Sunday as the Bears are really struggling on Offense to Score any TD’s/Points
    I expect the Eagles Defense to show up and Play well and create a couple of Turnovers leading to some easy Points and Field Position… Eagles Offense just needs to be efficient, protect the Ball and stay away from negative Plays and Penalties and should be fine, though the Bears Defense is dangerous with the Pressure and Athleticism they have up in that Front 7

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