NFL Trade Rumors: Could D.J. Williams, Brian Dawkins to Eagles Actually Happen?

Zach KruseSenior Analyst IOctober 13, 2011

DENVER - NOVEMBER 14:  Running back Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs fights his way into the endzone on a five yard reception against the defense of Nate Jones #33, Brian Dawkins #20 and DJ Williams #55 of the Denver Bronco in the second quarter at INVESCO Field at Mile High on November 14, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Cheifs 49-29.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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ESPN's Adam Schefter caused a fury of trade deadline speculation this morning when he went on SportsCenter and laid out several hypothetical trade scenarios. One of which included a package that sent linebacker D.J. Williams and safety Brian Dawkins from the Denver Broncos to the Philadelphia Eagles for a third round pick. Again, Schefter was merely putting forth hypothetical trade scenarios. Hypothetical remains the key word there.

But if there is any legs to this deal between the Broncos and Eagles, could it actually happen?

To address that question, you have to look at both sides of the equation.

You'd have to think that the Eagles would jump all over this opportunity if it was presented to them. Philadelphia has serious issues at both linebacker and safety, and most of their defensive problems this season have stemmed from poor play from those positions. 

The Eagles have used combinations of Casey Matthews, Brian Rolle, Jamar Chaney and Moise Fokou for linebackers, but that group is clearly overmatched. Adding Williams, an eight-year NFL veteran, would bring experience and stability to the Eagles linebackers.

At safety, it's been the same story. Jarrad Page, Nate Allen, Kurt Coleman and Jaiquawn Jarrett have been mixed and matched without finding much success. All have their own desirable attributes, but no one in the group represents a complete safety.

Dawkins is clearly in the twilight of his career, which is partly the reason why the Eagles let him go. He's still a fan favorite in Philadelphia, however, and despite losing a step or two, can provide leadership to a defense that sorely needs it.

However, there is the other side of the story. Why in the world would the Broncos do this deal?

Denver already has secondary issues, and depleting a linebacking core that lacks playmakers outside of Von Miller doesn't seem like a smart business move. Also, why strip away two players who almost certainly are helping your first two picks—Miller and safety Rahim Moore—learn the NFL game?

Maybe if the Broncos were getting a first round pick for both players, this would be a different situation. But for that price, the deal doesn't seem like something the Broncos front office would do.

Again, Schefter was merely speculating on this deal. I'm sure the Eagles would jump all over it if it gained legs, but I don't see that happening from the Broncos end. Unless you start hearing different from actual reports, don't bank on this deal going down before the trading deadline.