NFL trade rumors: Eagles looking for pass rush help, Andre Dillard drawing interest
Another day closer to the Nov. 1 NFL trade deadline, another day with some Philadelphia Eagles rumors
But this is more than a rumor. The Eagles have traded a fourth-round pick for former Bears running back Robert Quinn.
Back to the rumours: it comes from the last void ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler:
The Eagles are always a factor at the trade deadline. GM Howie Roseman is on the offensive this time of year, looking for deals. Teams say Eagles are looking for pass-rushing help after losing Derek Barnett to injury. The main running back involved in trade deals is Burns, but the Panthers have turned down massive offers, which is their way of saying they’re keeping him. (A GM told me the minimum trade package for Burns is two first-rounders, which is wild and bodes well for Burns’ contract extension projections.) Chicago’s Robert Quinn could be a good mid-range option to consider here. But it’s worth noting that Chicago made it clear privately late last week that it wasn’t moving Quinn. The Bears then went ahead and rattled New England 33-14 to improve to 3-4. So maybe Chicago is holding on to him. One Eagles player who still has trade interest is left tackle Andre Dillard. Teams I’ve talked to believe the Eagles would move him, but they need a good pick to do so, likely a third-rounder.
Multiple things to unpack here:
- Kind of funny to frame the Eagles’ interest in pass rush help as a result of Barnett’s injury, which happened in Week 1. Clearly, they can’t be incredibly desperate if they’ve waited this long. That said, the Birds could afford to add more at that position. Brandon Graham and Josh Sweat are really the only full-time defensive ends the Eagles trust to play. Tarron Jackson seemed to play well in training camp, but the team doesn’t seem to trust him; recently it was a healthy scratch.
- Fowler previously reported Eagles are one of multiple teams “calling” Burns. Never say never, but I don’t think it’s likely that Roseman will give up multiple firsts to add Burns.
- Fowler is the second reporter to link the Eagles to Quinn this week. Albert Breer indicated this earlier Philly might be interested in him. As Fowler points out, though, the Bears might not be so eager to sell after beating the Pats. Quinn hasn’t played well this year; has one sack in seven games and ranks 121st out of 124 defensive backs ranked by Pro Football Focus.
- My BGN Radio co-host Jimmy Kempski brought up a couple interesting quick targets in our latest podcast: Jerry Hughes and Rasheem Green.
- When it comes to Dillard’s, it’s easy to make a case against their business. The undefeated Eagles compete for a Super Bowl and therefore should not sell any piece of gain now. Dillard provides depth at left tackle, where Jordan Mailata has already missed time this season. Again, Dillard is a free agent after this year. And he could be more expendable than first thought with Jack Driscoll showing the ability to back up Mailata. Not to mention the Eagles can still activate Brett Toth from the PUP list for more matchup depth. If I’m the Eagles, I don’t know if I’m willing to trade Dillard for a third-round pick that has a decent chance of making it to the end of the round. But for a pick that could be an early third? They should take that into account. Dillard will likely sign with another team after this season. And while he could count on the Eagles’ compensatory pick formula, there’s no guarantee he’ll be a big factor in that regard. The Eagles already have plenty of other free agents, and teams can only receive a maximum of four compensatory picks. The best compensation pick they would realistically have for Dillard is a late fourth-round pick. A late fifth-round pick might be more likely. The ideal situation might be to trade Dillard for a player instead of a pick. Perhaps the Birds could add more depth at a finer position such as safety? Or the Dillard package and a pick for a pass rusher?
Should the Eagles trade Andre Dillard?
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