Despite having one of the NFL’s worst receiving corps last season, the Philadelphia Eagles could be looking to trade away some of their receivers this offseason. Dealing with talent and depth problems last season, the Eagles look to have placed at least one of their receivers on the trading block. As reported by Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, that player could be Jordan Matthews.
Of all the Eagles receivers from last season — all five of them for that matter — Matthews was by far the best of the bunch. Making 73 catches last season, Matthews also had 804 yards receiving and three touchdowns. By far the leader of the group, Matthews actually had more than double the catches of Dorial Green-Beckham and Nelson Agholor last season.
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Given that he was the team’s best receiver, it is kind of shocking that the Eagles would consider trading him. While his stats did see a decrease last season, part of the reason was that he missed two games and was also dealing with a rookie quarterback. Really the only slot receiver on this roster right now, the Eagles would need to move either Nelson Agholor or DGB to the position in order to replace him.
With neither of those two options likely to occur, I think the Eagles possibly trading either Green-Beckham or Agholor remains a much higher possibility at this stage. Extremely talented and young, both players represent long term projects for a gifted offensive coach. That said, teams like New England and New Orleans could use these players due to their always strong passing attack and ability to make players better than they actually are.
Heck, if the team could fetch even one draft pick for them, I would pull the trigger almost instantly. Another reason that could lead to Agholor being the one that gets traded is that he was a Chip Kelly draft pick. Proving to be a first round bust, the Eagles would appease to their fans by moving on from the mistake that was Agholor.
Already having signed two wide receivers this offseason, I believe the Eagles need more help at the position, not less. Trading any of the team’s current wide receivers would put them in a bad predicament once again. If Philly is to compete for a potential playoff spot this next season, they can’t allow that to happen.