4. Kevin Byard, SS
The Eagles sure do love trading with the Tennessee Titans. Philadelphia viewed veteran strong safety Kevin Byard as a player who could help them win Super Bowl LVIII, acquiring him from Tennessee in exchange for safety Terrell Edmunds and two 2024 Day 3 draft picks back in October.
The trade made sense at the time. The Eagles needed to buff up the secondary and Byard seemed like he was more than capable due to his status as a former All-Pro and Pro Bowl defender. Unfortunately, things didn't work out as planned.
As solid as Byard could be at times, it quickly became clear that he was no longer the player he once was. He was targeted 41 times in 10 games since the trade, giving up 31 receptions for 316 yards and two touchdowns — good for a 103.3 passer rating. That's without mentioning the fact that his Pro Football Focus cover grade declined over the final six games as so:
- Week 14: 72.4
- Week 15: 71.6
- Week 16: 69.9
- Week 17: 68.1
- Week 18: 67.2
- Wild Card: 51.0
If the Eagles want to rebuild the defense, Byard must be traded. The good news is that they can free up at least $13.5 million whether they trade him before or after June 1 and the fact that he only has one year remaining on his contract means any interested suitors don't have to lock into a long-term commitment.
Even though the Eagles will likely only get later picks back in a deal, that's better than nothing when it comes to a rebuild.
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