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Baltimore Ravens: Potential trade targets for Eagles

Eliot Shorr-Parks
August 22, 2019 - 8:14 am
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In 2017, when the Miami Dolphins came to the NovaCare Complex for joint practices, the groundwork was laid for the Eagles to eventually acquire running back Jay Ajayi. Although the teams didn’t discuss a trade at the time, Howie Roseman got an up-close look at Ajayi, who would play a big role in the team capturing their first Super Bowl. 

This week the Baltimore Ravens are in town, with two practices with the Eagles in the books and a preseason matchup tonight. Like 2017, Roseman has had a close look at the Ravens roster, and has likely already determined which players he might target in a trade — either at this year’s trade deadline or before final cuts. 

Who could those players be? Here is a look at four that might have piqued Roseman’s interest:

C Bradley Bozeman: One of the biggest surprises of training camp so far has been the inability of backup offensive linemen Stefen Wisniewski to snap the ball in the shot gun. Wisniewski has been so bad that the team is now practicing him back at his normal spot, guard. Wisniewski is on the roster bubble entering the final two weeks of preseason. The Eagles could decide to look elsewhere for a backup center, and Bozeman could be their solution. Bozeman played sparingly for the Ravens last season and is once again slated to be a backup this year. Bozeman won’t be released, but he could be a target for the Eagles in a trade. 

EDGE Tim Williams: Williams, a former third-round pick, has had an up-and-down start to his career, showing some serious pass-rushing potential at times but also dealing with injuries that have kept him sidelined after Week 8 last season. He is currently a backup on the Ravens, but they are expecting a much larger role from him this season and won’t be giving him away in a trade. The Eagles targeting Williams would only come if they were more excited about what they saw from Williams this week at practice than they have been by what they have seen from their young pass rushers so far in training camp. 

TE Charles Scarff: The Eagles are very banged up at tight end, with both Richard Rodgers and Dallas Goedert currently sidelined. Of the two only Rodgers is expected to be sidelined into the regular season with a foot injury, the second season in a row he will miss a substantial amount of playing time. Scarff, 6-foot-5, 249 pounds, is a local product who checks off what the Eagles look for in a tight end and had an impressive two days of practice. The Ravens are loaded at the position and Scarff is currently battling to make the roster.

LB Kenny Young: The Eagles are very banged up at linebacker right now, with Nigel Bradham and Kamu Grugier-Hill sidelined. Veteran Zach Brown left practice this week with an injury, but seems to have survived the minor scare. Still, linebacker is a position the Eagles could target in a trade, and Young would make sense if they decide to focus on Baltimore to fill that need. Young, 6-foot-1, 234 pounds, notched 40 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 1 forced fumble last season for the Ravens, but it still expected to be a backup this season. Like Williams, Young won’t come cheap for the Eagles, but would be a potential difference maker at middle linebacker and give them a safety net if Bradham struggles to stay healthy. 

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