With Week 4 of the NFL season now all but in the books, the trade deadline is fast approaching. If the Philadelphia Eagles have been doing their homework, they will have studied players on other rosters who they might be willing to trade for.
Trading can be risky business. However, if the Eagles are truly in win-now mode, it may be necessary to plug any remaining holes via trade as the team make their best run in 2012.
The Eagles' most dire needs right now are along the offensive line. It would obviously be ideal to trade for an All-Pro like Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, but realistically speaking, the team will likely only be able to acquire a serviceable player.
Here are three players the Eagles may pursue at the trade deadline.
The biggest weakness on the line appears to be at left tackle. Demetress Bell has not played well for the most part, while King Dunlap has struggled to stay healthy. For that reason, it may be wise for the Eagles to pursue a veteran player via trade.
Chris Williams seems to fit the bill.
Williams was selected by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 2008 NFL draft. He was the starting left tackle on the team before suffering an injury and was later moved to left guard.
The Bears eventually decided to go with J'Marcus Webb at left tackle. Meanwhile, there has been some speculation that the team could trade Williams, who some see as too valuable as a good reserve to part with.
With that being said, the Bears would most likely part with Williams if they were given the right offer, and the Eagles desperately need stronger play at the left tackle position.
They may need to give up more than the Bears deserve for the 27-year-old, but he is ultimately a first-round pick and has great talent. He also has experience at the left tackle position, and could be a good player to add into the mix.
The other gaping hole on the roster, and on the offensive line, is at center.
Dallas Reynolds simply lacks the experience to be an effective center at the moment and is beat consistently by opposing pass-rushers. Therefore, the Eagles would be wise to add a player who could either push or replace him.
Like Reynolds, Tennessee Titans center Kevin Matthews is a young, undrafted player. Furthermore, he has room to develop and could potentially replace the current Eagles starter if he plays better.
If not, he could at least push Reynolds to improve as a center.
Left tackle Nate Potter currently plays for the Arizona Cardinals as a backup. The Eagles would be wise to move for him at the trade deadline.
Potter is a player with a great deal of upside. He has a very large frame, strong work ethic and is still very young at 24.
Bell does not seem to be the answer at left tackle and King Dunlap has struggled when given playing time.
Potter could provide some needed depth at the position, and could potentially be developed into a suitable player if given the right coaching staff.