The Philadelphia Eagles suffered from some really bad injury luck last year. Carson Wentz's Herculean performance helped stave off some of that, but he was working with a genuinely depleted receiving corps. In fact, no Philadelphia wideout even reached 500 receiving yards.
Unfortunately, things don't seem much different in 2020. Brandon Brooks, who was Pro Football Focus' highest-graded guard in 2019, tore his Achilles and is out for the year. It's a devastating loss. Ensuring that the oft-injured Wentz is kept upright has to be of paramount importance for the team, and that could prove much more difficult with Brooks sidelined.
But help could soon be on the way. Chris Roling, of Bleacher Report, listed five blockbuster trades that he could see happening before the 2021 season kicks off, including a potential deal that would send Joe Thuney to the Eagles.
Roling suggests a second-round pick could get a deal done. That could turn out to be a win-win move for both sides.
The Patriots would surely miss Thuney, who has never missed a game in his four-year career, but they're in a tricky spot financially. New England only has about $1.2 million in available cap space and Thuney carries a $14.7 million cap hit this season, courtesy of the franchise tag. Trading him away would both free up space and help recoup the loss of the third-round pick the team was docked in its latest scandal.
Meanwhile, the motivation for Philadelphia to inquire about a deal is obvious. Thuney was PFF's No. 6 overall guard last season, played every offensive snap for the team in 2018 and has the postseason pedigree that comes from a stint in New England. He'd immediately help offset the loss of Brooks, and he could play alongside him once he's back to full health.
Currently boasting the seventh-most available cap space in football ($22.7 million), the Eagles should have no trouble both trading for and extending Thuney. If New England is actually willing to dangle him in trade talks, Philadelphia should be the first team on the phone.
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