NFL Trade Rumors: Should Eagles Deal for Brian Dawkins, DJ Williams?

Andrea HangstFeatured Columnist IVOctober 13, 2011

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 18:  Safety Brian Dawkins #20 of the Denver Broncos defends against the Cincinnati Bengals at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Bengals 24-22.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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ESPN's Adam Schefter caused quite a stir today when he did a segment on SportsCenter detailing trades he thought would be good ideas. The world-at-large ran with many of them, but at this point, none have any real traction beyond being Schefter's public musings.

But one of them, recommending that the Philadelphia Eagles trade a third-round draft pick for two Denver Broncos, safety and former Eagle Brian Dawkins and linebacker D.J. Williams, seems to make the most sense.

Through five weeks, the Eagles' defense is ranked 20th against the pass and 31st against the run, and while they field an extremely fast and efficient (if not error-prone) offense, it's still not enough, leaving the Eagles at 1-4 on the season thus far.

It's clear that major improvements are necessary if Philadelphia is to right their sinking ship, and they need to do so quickly. Considering the trade deadline is on Tuesday and the Eagles' pressing needs, that they would make such a move would be neither surprising nor stupid.

But, there's the issue of the also-struggling Broncos. Even with Dawkins and Williams, the Broncos' defense is ranked 21st overall—25th against the pass and 14th against the run—and would decline significantly without the two playmakers.

Further, the 38-year-old Dawkins was released from the Eagles for good reasons, his age being one of them, and his price tag being another.

Dawkins clearly wants to continue playing as long as he can, and staying with the Broncos is the likely path to doing so. If the Eagles picked him back up, it would only be for the remainder of the season, leaving the future of his career in doubt.

But the bottom line is this: If Schefter thinks the Broncos would be willing to part with the two players for just a single third-round 2012 draft pick, he's mistaken. They're clearly more valuable than that, especially to the Eagles if they were so desperate to even attempt making that offer.

There's not likely to be many trades made leading up to the deadline, and Schefter merely threw some of his ideas out into the world today.

It's highly doubtful that his comments would make a light bulb go off in the heads of either the Broncos' or Eagles' personnel departments to get this trade going. It just doesn't make enough sense for either side.