Big Eagles Trade Potentially in the Works After Week 6 Injuries

Eagles GM Howie Roseman will be hard at work as he looks to improve the secondary before the Oct. 31 NFL trade deadline.
Aug 12, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;   Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman.
Aug 12, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman. / Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles' pride wasn't the only thing that was banged up in the Week 6 loss to the New York Jets. The team's secondary suffered a handful of injuries as defensive backs Reed Blankenship, Eli Ricks, and Bradley Roby each exited the contest with injuries and didn't return.

Things look grim for Philadelphia's secondary, especially with a tough schedule coming up. That's why it isn't surprising to hear that the Eagles are looking to remedy the situation sooner rather than later, per the Philadelphia Inquirer's Josh Tolentino.

Eagles Trade Rumors

According to Tolentino's league sources, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman "spent Monday scouring the rest of the league for external assistance in the secondary." With exactly two weeks to go until the Oct. 31 trade deadline, Philly's management must act quickly.

Whoever the Eagles target must be more than just a depth addition. After all, the injury situation regarding our defensive backs is as follows:

  • CB Zech McPhearson (Achilles) — IR
  • SS Justin Evans (knee) — IR
  • CB Avonte Maddox (pectoral) — IR
  • CB Darius Slay (knee) — last played in Week 5
  • FS Sydney Brown (hamstring) — last played in Week 3
  • FS Reed Blankenship (ribs) — questionable for Week 7
  • CB Bradley Roby (shoulder) — questionable for Week 7
  • CB Eli Ricks (knee) — questionable for Week 7.

To say that Philly's DB situation is a disaster at the moment would be an understatement, to say the least.

Time will tell who the Eagles will target to give their secondary a boost. A selling team like the Arizona Cardinals could look to move safety Budda Baker, who's been linked to Philly already. There are also rumblings that the Denver Broncos could move on from CB Patrick Surtain II if the price is right.

Regardless, the Eagles improve their secondary immediately. The next eight games pose a huge test as Philadelphia must face the Cowboys twice while also playing against elite offenses like the 49ers, Bills, Dolphins, and Chiefs and it all begins with Miami on Sunday night.

Even with all the injuries, the future still looks bright in Philadelphia. FanDuel Sportsbook currently favors the Eagles at -185 odds to win the NFC East ahead of Week 7.

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