As training camp is underway, news hit around the league that star CB Xavien Howard has demanded a trade:
Howard is coming off a career year with a league-leading 10 interceptions. As a 2020 First-Team All-Pro, the market for Howard should be robust but should the Eagles consider taking on Howard?
The Eagles made recent news this week as they landed CB Steven Nelson who should fill in as the CB2 opposite of Darius Slay.
The Eagles have accumulated more draft capital than anyone for next year’s draft and are in a unique spot to land a top-tier caliber player like Howard at one of the league’s premium positions. But because of their timeline, Howard simply just doesn’t fit in the team’s timeline.
Howard’s contempt towards Miami started when GM Chris Grier signed Byron Jones in free agency for more money than Howard. Although Howard would step in and comfortably be the Eagle’s best option, GM Howie Roseeman is coming off an offseason where he was scrambling for cap space and suffered numerous cap causalities as a result.
There isn’t much precedent for guys of Howard’s caliber to hit the market – the best example was when Jalen Ramsey left Jacksonville to Los Angeles for two first round picks in 2019. The cost for Howard could be very steep – contenders in need of a corner like Kansas City, Arizona, among other teams could drive the price up pinning against one another. Howard, 28, is two years older than when Ramsey got dealt so I doubt he’d yield two first round picks but even if the price is one first round pick and another day two pick, the trade scenario just doesn’t make sense for the Birds.
Continue to build from within and amass as much young talent as possible. This trade scenario would’ve been worth exploring when the Eagles were in the realm of contending in 2017-2019 but right now, it just isn’t a smart avenue to explore.