NFL Trade Rumors: Eagles Looking to Offload Zach Ertz and Brandon Brooks

Published 03/08/2021, 8:46 AM CST


NFC East franchise Philadelphia Eagles endured a tough outing in 2020. They finished at the bottom of their division with a miserable 4-11 record. Their poor display last season saw Super Bowl-winning head coach Doug Pederson lose his job earlier this year.

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Sep 20, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) passes the ball against the Los Angeles Rams during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Eagles brought in the young Nick Sirianni to take over from Pederson as they transition into a new era. As part of their restructuring project, they allowed franchise QB Carson Wentz to move to Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a 2021 third-round draft pick and a conditional 2022 second-round pick that could turn into a first-rounder.

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But there are 2-3 more rumored potential trade deals under consideration in Philly.

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NFL insider Mike Silver earlier reported that Eagles TE Zach Ertz could also be on the move this summer. In fact, certain reports even indicate a potential reunion with Wentz and former coach Frank Reich in Indiana.

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But another Eagles man who could be on the move this offseason is OG Brandon Brooks. 31-year old Brooks arrived in Philly back in 2016. The former Houston Texans star signed a five-year contract with the Eagles worth north of $40 million. He started in 14 games at right guard in his first year in the NFC East.

However, he suffered a nasty Achilles tear in the build-up to the 2020 NFL season which ruled him out for the entire year. He was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list on August 4, 2020. Brooks was later placed on reserve/PUP at the start of the regular season. He resumed practice with the team in December but the Eagles opted against activating him from the injured list.

When healthy, Brooks is a beast at tackle. Very few can imitate what he does at that position. If they cut him, the Eagles will lose a bumper $8.1 million in cap space. Whereas, a trade deal could help free up about $2.3 million in cap space. Now that is not much, but coach Sirianni will take anything he’s getting at the moment as he continues to assemble a strong squad for the upcoming season.

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