Seahawks Mentioned in Possible Trade for Eagles All-Pro

Fletcher Cox

Getty Fletcher Cox was named the fourth-best player in the NFL.

There are rumors floating that the Eagles could be sellers at the NFL trade deadline.

At least, that is, if this increasingly unpredictable season keeps spiraling out of control for Philadephia. One of the players being mentioned in trade rumors is Fletcher Cox, the All-Pro defensive tackle who ranks seventh in sacks in franchise history with 48. Cox carries a $22.4 million cap hit in 2021, per Spotrac, and a base salary of $11.2 million in 2020.

The Eagles desperately need to clear the books, too, as the organization is projected to be $66.4 million over the salary cap in 2021. So while moving Cox would force Philly to eat $28 million in dead money, it would free up the team down the road and net a draft pick in return.

How high? Well, a first-rounder might be a stretch for a soon-to-be 30-year-old tackle possibly in decline (3½ sacks over his last 18 games). But a second-rounder seems plausible and Seattle has one.

According to the Seahawks Draft Blog, the Seahawks are looking to upgrade their defensive front line since Benson Mayowa and Jarran Reed are taking too many snaps. In fact, the team placed Mayowa on the injury report (questionable, groin) earlier this week and promoted former Eagles tackle Anthony Rush to the active roster.

They need help. While they don’t have a first-round pick to offer — their 2021 first-rounder went in the Jamal Adams deal — they are projected to have a late second-round pick. Would Eagles GM Howie Roseman make the call? Maybe he should.

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Eagles Legend Greg Brown Dies at 63

The Eagles announced the passing of legendary pass-rusher Greg Brown at the age of 63. Brown ranks sixth on the franchise’s all-time sack list with 50½, right ahead of Fletcher Cox (48) and just behind Brandon Graham (52). The 6-foot-5, 265-pounder spent six seasons in Philly where he played on some dismal Eagles teams.

His path to football greatness is an incredible tale, though. According to Ray Didinger, Brown was discovered by Illinois coach John Teerlink while crossing the street in Washington, D.C. He had never played a down of organized football but Teerlink loved his size and potential. He slipped him $50 and invited him to a tryout.

Didinger wrote: “I didn’t get my hopes up,” Brown said. “I knew it was a long shot. But I did pray on it some.”

Teerlink called John Rehfield, a former Illinois assistant who was working in the Eagles’ personnel department. He told Rehfield this kid Brown was worth a look. Because Teerlink had an NFL background – he played five seasons with the Chargers – the Eagles trusted his judgment. They offered Brown a free agent contract.

It worked out for everyone. Brown went on to play six seasons in Philly, plus two more in Atlanta and accumulated 52½ career sacks in 117 games. He had more sacks during that span than any other NFC player not named Dexter Manley or Lawrence Taylor.

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