The Philadelphia Eagles have kept themselves busy this offseason, ushering in changes at key positions and on the coaching staff. Before the 2021 NFL season arrives, Philadelphia could have another big move in the cards.
Philadelphia kicked things off by firing Super Bowl winning coach Doug Pederson, hiring Nick Sirianni and later trading Carson Wentz. We also saw general manager Howie Roseman shake things up in the 2021 NFL Draft, trading down from No. 6 overall and later moving back up for DeVonta Smith.
The Eagles feel better about their offense heading into mandatory minicamp. But even as Jalen Hurts makes a strong impression in his first summer as the starter and Smith raves about the new quarterback-receiver duo, Roseman is exploring moves that would change the dynamic of the team.
Philadelphia is still interested in a Deshaun Watson trade, especially with the Houston Texans now ready to move on from him. But with the 25-year-old quarterback still under investigation for nearly two dozen allegations of sexual assault and misconduct, Roseman is turning his attention to another star.
According to Sports Illustrated’s Ed Kracz, the Eagles reached out to the Falcons to express interest in a deal for Julio Jones. Atlanta is expected to ship off its star receiver this summer, with both sides wanting to part ways.
While every team should be interested in acquiring Jones, Philadelphia is a strange fit. The franchise currently sits just $3.4 million under the NFL salary cap, which isn’t nearly enough to absorb Jones’ contract. The Eagles have also spent consecutive first-round picks on wide receivers and the Falcons’ asking price for Jones is absurd.
There is a scenario where Roseman could get very aggressive, turning the Eagles into a contender. If Watson’s legal issues are resolved and he avoids a significant suspension, that would clear a path for him to play in 2021.
Philadelphia could make a run at both Watson and Jones. It could send Atlanta a 2022 second-round pick and a 2023 fourth-round pick. In addition, Roseman could package Hurts with two first-round picks in a deal for Watson.
Instantly, the Philadelphia Eagles would have one of the best offenses in the NFL. Unfortunately for fans, the NFL salary cap makes this scenario almost impossible and a trade for either star seems unlikely.