While Howie Roseman is certainly satisfied with the job he and the Philadelphia Eagles front office have done this offseason, the general manager isn’t one for sitting on his hands. Nearly every trade conversation in the NFL rumor mill has involved Philadelphia at some point, and that is because of Roseman’s reputation.
Granted, he surely has good reason to like where the roster is at this moment, but he is known for leaving no stones unturned in the trade market and is seemingly always ready to pull the trigger when there’s value to be had.
Fortunately, such an opportunity may have presented itself, as there just so happens to be a few teams in need of an upgrade at QB, and the Eagles have arguably the best backup in the game standing on the sidelines.
The Philadelphia Eagles should be calling Seattle to move Gardner Minshew.
If Jalen Hurts training camp performances and limited but sharp display in the first preseason game are to be taken at face value, he has certainly grown as a signal caller. Third-string QB Reid Sinnett, too, has shown real promise, progression, and a rifle for an arm in his second season under Nick Sirianni.
Because of these factors and the fact that the Eagles have previously shopped Minshew, could theoretically make him expendable moving forward.
Minshew has done nothing but put up numbers in his career, despite being constantly undervalued. After transferring from East Carolina University to Washington State, Minshew set numerous single-season school records and led the FBS in passing yards per game. Though he was initially drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, his production continued. He went 6-6 in 12 starts, throwing for nearly 3,300 yards and 21 touchdowns. Unfortunately, a typical sophomore regression, followed by the Jags drafting Trevor Lawrence in 2021, made him expendable and saw Minshew moved to Philly for a sixth-round pick last offseason.
When thrown into duty in Philly, Minshew performed well, completing 68 percent of his passing attempts for 440 yards and four touchdowns in two starts. Minshew is set to play on the final year of his contract and has already stated he has absolutely no desire to be a backup.
This brings the Seattle Seahawks into the fold.
Minshew already has a connection to the state of Washington, playing his final year of college football at Washington State, and the Seahawks currently have a QB battle featuring Geno Smith and Drew Lock, which inspires confidence in nobody.
Seattle isn’t devoid of talent at the skill positions and could very well be a competitive offense with a decent QB. Bringing Minshew into the fold would give the Seahawks a quarterback with a track record of production to get the ball to D.K Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, Noah Fant, and rookie running back Kenneth Walker III.
The team is flush with draft capital for 2023 after the Russell Wilson trade, owning a pair of picks in the first, second and fifth rounds as well as a single pick in the third, fourth and sixth. They could very easily move a third-round pick for Minshew and see what he has to offer. He would be a definitive upgrade over what they have now and would show their Pro Bowl duo at wide receiver that they are serious about remaining competitive.
On paper, this would be one of the few NFL trades that is a win-win for both sides; the Eagles would get a Day 2 pick for an expiring deal, and Seattle would secure a QB to keep them competitive while still retaining an embarrassment of riches in next year’s NFL Draft.