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Should Eagles trade for Patrick Peterson?

Eliot Shorr-Parks
October 14, 2019 - 7:53 am
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The Eagles have been unable to add Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey to their roster yet. 

Another player might soon become available to come help a cornerback group that is in rough shape right now. 

According to an ESPN report, teams are trying to pry away cornerback Patrick Peterson from the Arizona Cardinals. At least three teams, according to the report, have contacted the Cardinals recently to see if Peterson — who is set to return from a six-game suspension next Sunday— is available for a trade. As of now, it seems like the Cardinals are not willing to trade Peterson. 

If that changes, it is safe to say the Eagles will be near the front of the line to make an offer for the elite cornerback. 

Peterson has long been viewed as one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, but is still just 29-years old, and is actually on a pretty team-friendly contract. Peterson’s salary for the 2019 season is $11 million, but would only be around $8 million on the Eagles’ books if they traded for him prior to next week. If they dealt for him right at the trade deadline, which is the last day of the month, it would be even cheaper. 

Peterson’s 2020 salary is $12.5 million, with almost none of it guaranteed. It is unlikely the Eagles would cut Peterson this offseason after trading for him, but his contract would allow them to re-work the deal, extending him and signing him to a deal with a lower cap hit. With the Eagles currently having around $25 million in cap space, the financial part of the team shouldn’t have a big impact on the Eagles’ potential desire to acquire Peterson. 

Peterson would clearly fit a need this season, as he would step in right away and be the best cornerback on the roster. Even if the Eagles did still want to play young corners like Rasul Douglas and Avonte Maddox, they could let Peterson handle one side of the field, and use their young cornerbacks at the other two spots. Trading for Peterson would likely not be great news for Ronald Darby, who is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury and is a free agent this offseaosn. The same could be said for Jalen Mills, who is also set to become a free agent. 

With both Darby and Mills set to become free agents, and Sidney Jones struggling, Peterson would also give the Eagles some stability at the position beyond 2019, something they have been trying to find in the draft but have been unable to so far. 

As far as compensation, it is safe to say that a deal for Peterson wouldn’t cost much as a deal for Ramsey — and it might not even take a first-round pick. 

The NFL trade deadline is in just 18 days, and at 3-3, it is safe to say general manager Howie Roseman will be looking to do whatever he can to improve his roster. Last year that was trading a third-round pick for receiver Golden Tate, a move that did not work out. 

This year, it seems like if Roseman makes a move, it will be for a cornerback — and Peterson should be on the list of players he tries to acquire. 

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