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Should the Philadelphia Eagles Propose a Three-Way Trade?

Mike O'CallaghanContributor IFebruary 18, 2010

PITTSBURGH - JANUARY 11:  Antonio Cromartie #31 of the San Diego Chargers returns a kick against the Pittsburgh Steelers during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 11, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Steelers won 35-24.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The Chargers will part ways with former first round pick Antonio Cromartie for a running back.  During the offseason you hear of someone going on free agency or on the trading block you immediately think if that player would be able to help your team. 

Do the Eagles need a corner back?  Well at first you would think no, we have Asante Samuel and Sheldon Brown starting, and Joselio Hanson as the third, a solid trio. 

But behind them we have Patterson and Pope.  Not exactly threatening but that is why they are fourth and fifth on the depth chart. 

By the start of the season, Samuel will be 29, Brown will be 31, and Hanson will be 29.  There is no cornerback of the future on this roster.   

That need could be filled in the draft.  But that is not a guarantee. Joe Haden will be a top 10 pick, I don't see the Eagles trading up when they have multiple needs to fill.

He is the best in the draft and there is a drop off after him.  So taking a CB in the first or second round would be a reach. 

The Chargers want a running back.  We are not trading McCoy or Weaver.  Westbrook is old, if they wanted a veteran they would just keep Tomlinson.  They had Buckley on their squad before. 

I am sure there are teams that would be willing to trade a running back for a third round pick and work out a three-way trade with the Chargers. 

We would trade a third-round pick (we have two) to Team X, Team X trades their running back to the Chargers, the Chargers trade Cromartie to the Eagles. 

We still have a third-round pick, and we have a young corner of the future.  We could even move him to Sheldon Brown's spot and have Brown play Free Safety.

Teams that might be willing to trade a running back for a third-round pick: Bills (Lynch), Patriots (Maroney), Cowboys (Choice, Barber), Lions (Smith), Vikings (Chester Taylor), Ravens (McGahee), Panthers (DeAngelo Williams), Bucs (Ward, Graham, Cadillac).  Obviously, they might have to add some late round picks to some scenarios. 

This is now a passing league where defensive backs hold more value and running backs are sharing time, so they are becoming less valuable. 

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