Many Philadelphia Eagles fans have held out hope ever since it was first reported that Jalen Ramsey was unhappy in Jacksonville that the Eagles would come calling. Unfortunately, that just didn’t happen. The Eagles were in talks and sent offers but ultimately the Eagles strike out on the top prize. The winner is the Los Angeles Rams as they swooped in to get Ramsey just hours after trading Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens and placing Aqib Talib on IR. So where do the Eagles go from here?
Eagles strike out on Ramsey
The Rams went for all to get arguably the best corner in the game.
The Rams sent the Jaguars a 2020 first-rounder. A 2021 first-rounder and a 2021 fourth-rounder. Quite the haul as the Jags now have 18 picks over the next two drafts.
Chris Harris Jr
As for the Eagles, they have just under two weeks to get someone before the October 29th trade deadline. The first option is Chris Harris Jr. Harris has been a staple in the Broncos secondary since entering the league in 2011. For a while, he and Talib formed one of the best corner duos in the league and helped power the Broncos to a win in Super Bowl 50. Now 30 years old in a contract year on a Broncos team that is struggling at 2-4 and eyeing a rebuild now is the time.
Harris is off to another strong start and recorded a PFF grade of 91.8 against the Titans on Sunday.
The tanking Miami Dolphins have already shipped out two top-quality players. They sent star left tackle Laremy Tunsil to the Houston Texans and then sent Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Remaining is young and upcoming talent Xavien Howard. Last season Howard tied for the league lead in interceptions with seven. He also signed a nice contract extension as he is signed through the 2025 season.
He is just 26 years old and a change of scenery could do him well as he is in the prime of his career.
William Jackson III
Jackson is a young corner that was drafted during the Marin Lewis era. A first-round corner at 6 feet tall Jackson has good length and is only 25 years old. He is however hurt and will be out for a few weeks so trading for him wouldn’t do the Eagles a ton of good at this very moment. Injuries have been a problem but then earned a PFF grade of 90.2 in his second season.
Perhaps a new team could work out for both sides as the 0-6 Bengals certainly won’t be seeing the playoffs this season.
Who Should the Eagles target?
The Eagles strike out on Ramsey hurts but it isn’t the end of the world. Of the above options, Howard is the best option due to still being just 25 and is a premier up and coming cornerback. The biggest issue with the Eagles, however, could be Jim Schwartz. All I know is that the Eagles have the 29th ranked pass defense which is abysmal. Considering the team has the second-ranked rush defense if the secondary turns it around the Eagles are on their way to an above-average overall defense. The good news is that starting corners Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby are back at practice.
Featured image via Flickr JC Ruiz
All stats via ESPN.com & PFF.com
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