Trade Grade: Eagles Bolster Tight End Depth Behind Dallas Goedert

The Eagles swung a trade for a new tight end: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
The Eagles swung a trade for a new tight end: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

Tight end has been a major strength for the Eagles in recent years with Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert both excelling at the position. While Ertz is no longer around, Goedert has picked up the slack in his absence.

Philly’s TE options behind Goedert were lacking last season, however — one of the team’s few weaknesses. The Eagles may have rectified that on Tuesday, however, by swinging a trade with the Denver Broncos ahead of Tuesday’s 53-man roster deadline.

Albert Okwuegbunam Trade Grade: A

The Broncos planned to waive tight end Albert Okwuegbunam on Tuesday as part of their 53-man roster cuts, but changed course once they received interest from the Eagles.

All Philadelphia needed to end was a 2025 sixth-round pick for the backup tight end, which Denver essentially canceled out by throwing in a 2025 seventh-rounder.

The Eagles have the second-lowest waiver priority after winning the NFC last season, so there is almost no chance they would have been able to claim Albert O without making a trade like this.

Overall, this trade looks like a no-brainer for the Eagles. Okwuegbunam isn’t considered a great pass-blocker by NFL observers, but he’s a stellar athlete who can make plays with his size, strength and speed. The big 6’5, 258-pounder used his large frame to stand out occasionally on the Broncos, catching 54 of his 73 targets for 546 yards and 4 touchdowns in three seasons with Denver.

With Goedert locked in at TE1, Philly now has a legit TE2 to back him up. He’ll join Jack Stoll and Grant Calcaterra behind Goedert on the depth chart.

This isn’t a major move for Philadelphia, but it’s still an upgrade on the margins that could pay off in a big way if Goedert misses time. Plus with the draft pick swap, the Eagles are basically getting a new tight end for free, proving once again why Howie Roseman is one of the best in the biz. I see no downside to this deal, which is why I’m giving it an A.

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