The Eagles needing help at the wide receiver position has come at such an opportune time. Draft analysts everywhere view the 2020 class as one of the most talented/deepest at the WR position, you have guys like Robby Anderson and AJ Green available via free agency, and it looks like a few big name receivers could be moved through trade as well.
Now I’m sure all of these routes will be reviewed carefully by the Philadelphia Eagles front office but if the team wants instant production at the WR position, trading for a proven commodity may be the best route to go.
Below are some big name receivers that have found themselves in trade rumors over the past season that would make a lot of sense for the Philadelphia Eagles.
2019: 63rec – 1,130yds – 6tds
Trade speculations have been revolving around the Vikings WR since the beginning of the season and Diggs is fully aware them, sending cryptic tweets out for the past few months like this one:
Business is business… 🤷🏾♂️
— DIGGS (@stefondiggs) February 10, 2020
With Minnesota tight on money, moving Diggs and his near $15mil/yr contract would give the team some flexibility. And what better fit for a speedy deep threat like Stefon Diggs than the Philadelphia Eagles?
In 2019, Diggs hauled in 17.9yds per reception (4th most in the NFL). Being just 26yrs old and entering his prime, the asking price will be steep and rightfully so. But his fit on an Eagles team lacking speed and production at the WR position would be worth it.
Projected trade: Eagles 2020 1st, Eagles 2020 comp (3rd), Eagles 2021 5th
Odell Beckham Jr.
2019: 74rec – 1,035 – 4tds
Just like in New York, OBJ is the center of trade talks yet again. In the midst of the Browns abysmal 2019 campaign, rumors circulated that the WR was unhappy with his new team. Although denying all rumors, seeing Cleveland move on wouldn’t be too shocking.
Odell reportedly played with a quite serious hernia injury throughout the entire season which clearly impacted his play. Despite this, a down season for OBJ is still 1,000+ yards receiving. Throwing this level of generational talent into an Eagles receiving core could have a Terrell Owens via 2004 type of effect on the field (and hopefully not off the field).
Without a so called “elite season” since 2016 due to injuries and a Browns team with no sense of direction, the Eagles may be able to swoop in for a reasonable price.
Projected trade: Eagles 2020 1st, Eagles 2021 2nd
2019: 83rec – 1,173yds – 6tds
Another standout from the Cleveland Browns, Jarvis Landry inevitably ended up in trade rumors as well. Denying them just like his teammate, Odell Beckahm Jr., you have to believe there’s at least some truth to all of the reports.
Multiple Browns players, including Jarvis Landry, yelled “Come get me” to the Cardinals sideline on Sunday, per @MikeSilver.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 16, 2019
Without even talking about his talent, Jarvis Landry’s ability in the slot makes him a perfect fit for this Eagles offense. We saw Nelson Agholor, of all people, thrive in this role in seasons past so imagine what a guy of Landry’s caliber would be able to do.
I expect the asking price for Landry would be in the same ballpark as Odell, seeing that the two have similar contracts and are of course in the same situation both being on the same team.
Projected trade: Eagles 2020 1st, Eagles 2021 3rd
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Jordan is the founder of Sports Are Philly and a graduate of Misericordia University.
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