Eagles Linked to Big-Name Trade Target Ahead of Deadline

The Philadelphia Eagles have already been very active ahead of the trade deadline, and GM Howie Roseman has the team being linked to another splashy trade in the secondary.
The Philadelphia Eagles have been linked to one of the big-name targets ahead of Tuesday's NFL trade deadline.
The Philadelphia Eagles have been linked to one of the big-name targets ahead of Tuesday's NFL trade deadline. / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Tuesday's NFL trade deadline means time is ticking for teams to acquire outside help for the second half of the season. Everyone is keeping a close eye on the Philadelphia Eagles, who are reportedly active despite already making one big trade splash already by bringing in All-Pro safety Kevin Byard.

However, it turns out Philadelphia may not be done adding in the secondary.

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported late Monday night that Chicago Bears stud cornerback Jaylon Johnson has officially requested a trade. Tuesday morning, Fowler added that the Eagles -- along with the San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers -- are among the teams looking for a CB upgrade ahead of the deadline.

Maybe these are two completely separate developments, but the fact Fowler connected the dots with his follow-up seems to indicate Philly could be a player in the Johnson sweepstakes.

It'd be no surprise if Howie Roseman is trying to pull off another coup to improve his secondary. Injuries have rocked this unit, leading to players lining up in new positions and relying on unproven or inexperienced depth. The Byard trade aimed to bring some veteran stability, while also providing a legitimate top-end talent.

Going after Johnson would be the kind of all-in move a Super Bowl hopeful makes. He's been a serious playmaker since entering the league, racking up 31 passes defended over his first three NFL seasons. He's even appeared to make another leap as a turnover-creator in 2023, as he's already set a career high with two interceptions (including a 39-yard pick-six), plus a forced fumble, over his first six games of the year.

Johnson's impending free agency makes his long-term future with any prospective team potentially murky, but the Eagles are laser-focused on reaching the pinnacle this season. Even if he turns out to be a rental, the cost to acquire him could absolutely prove to be worth it come February.

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