2013 NFL Trade Deadline: 5 Players The Philadelphia Eagles Should Call About

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2013 NFL Trade Deadline: 5 Players The Philadelphia Eagles Should Call About

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The Philadelphia Eagles now sit at 3-4. The NFL trade deadline is fast approaching and there are certainly some holes on both sides of the ball that could be patched up with a veteran or two.

The Eagles this year are in a huge transition on both sides of the ball. On offense they have gone from a West Coast, timing based offense under Andy Reid, to an up-tempo read option style of play under new head coach Chip Kelly. The offense has been working, no doubt about it, but one thing that seems glaringly obvious is the lack of any talented complementary players. If DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy are taken out of a football game it usually spells big trouble for the offense. This is something the Eagles should really look to address at the deadline.

Flipping over to the defensive side of the ball, Billy Davis and his troops have certainly had their troubles. They are ranked at or near the bottom of the league in most defensive categories and there are some big holes that need to be filled there. The secondary just doesn't have any big time play makers. The safety play has been spotty at best, and the cornerbacks have been barely average. Again, there are no real difference makers in the back end of this defense. What also hasn't helped is the real lack of a pass rush by the front seven. Any sort of a play maker that could be added or brought along at this point in the season would be a huge bonus.

Having said all that, let's take a look at 5 players the Eagles should call about during the NFL trade deadline period.

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5. Kenny Britt

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Kenny Britt seems to be on the outs with the Titans. Off the field concerns and injury history could play a big part in that. When healthy Britt is a difference maker at receiver and an explosive talent. That's something the Eagles could definitely use opposite DeSean Jackson.

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4. Hakeem Nicks

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The Eagles offense has moved the ball up and down the field, but if there is one area they been lacking in it's red zone play. Hakeem Nicks would give the Eagles a huge threat in the red zone with his big frame and solid hands. All that being said I would find it shocking if the Giants traded within their division to the rival Eagles, especially a player like Nicks.

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3. Josh Gordon

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Josh Gordon has had a break out year for the Cleveland Browns. He has shown it all down field ability, reliable hands, and a red zone threat. Why you ask would the Browns trade him then? Because his value is at an all time high and the Browns are in a re-building phase of their program right now. Draft picks are gold to them, and the Eagles could be the beneficiary. He would be the perfect weapon to pair with LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson. Eagles GM Howie Roseman should find a way to get this done.

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2. Fred Davis

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Fred Davis is a dangerous weapon at tight end. The Redskins have reportedly put him on the block, and the Eagles should have the Skins on speed dial. Right now, Brent Celek looks about done as a pro. His legs simply aren't there anymore and it may be time to part ways after the season. Davis would give the Eagles another explosive threat at tight end to pair with Zach Ertz.

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1. Jairus Byrd

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If there is one trade the Eagles should make this deadline season it is for Jairus Byrd. They are desperately lacking any sort of play maker in the back end and Byrd fits that bill. His 18 interceptions in four seasons shows he has a nose for the ball, something no Eagles defender can boast. Byrd would come in and prove to be a major upgrade at safety both now and potentially in the future.


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