Eagles Trade Rumors: GM Howie Roseman 'On the Prowl' Entering 2020 NFL Deadline

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistOctober 18, 2020

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles general manager and executive vice president Howie Roseman speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. The Eagles have eight picks after trading a pair to Detroit to get three-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay. They have the 21st overall pick, one in the second round (No. 53), one in the third (No. 103) and three more in the fourth.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
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The Philadelphia Eagles reportedly plan to be aggressive ahead of the Week 8 NFL trade deadline despite a 1-3-1 start.

"Howie is on the prowl already," one general manager told Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. "He's looking for action. If there is a trade to be made he'll do it. Bringing in a free agent from the outside is tougher now and more risky with COVID, and he loves to make trades anyway. I'll bet you anything he gets something done before the deadline."

The NFC East has been by far the NFL's worst division through the first five weeks of the regular season. No team has a record above .500, and the division-leading Dallas Cowboys just lost Dak Prescott for the season with an ankle injury.

Prescott's injury could open the door for the Eagles, who have been one of the sport's biggest disappointments. Philly should look to upgrade a receiving corps that ranks among the NFL's worst and is injury-depleted, and the team also has holes at linebacker and on the offensive line.

The Eagles won't be able to address all that ails their roster by Week 8; there's just too much to fix on the fly. With Carson Wentz having a career-worst season, though, it may be smart to focus on the offensive side of the ball. Wentz is in his second straight season of playing with depleted skill-position talent and a shaky line, and it's clearly affected his confidence over the first quarter-plus of 2020.

If the Eagles can add enough talent to just hit the .500 mark, they'll probably walk away with the division. 

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