NFL Insider Thinks 2 Eagles Players Have ‘Sneaky Trade Value’

Gardner Minshew

Getty Eagles QB Gardner Minshew went 19-of-33 for 186 yards and two touchdowns vs. Dallas on January 8, 2022.

The Philadelphia Eagles are expected to be aggressive movers and shakers this offseason. But lost in the dizzying shuffle of incoming free agents and trade targets has been what spare parts may be pushed out.

Jalen Hurts appears to be safe from Howie Roseman’s roulette table. Ditto for Fletcher Cox. Brandon Brooks announced his retirement. And Jalen Reagor doesn’t seem to have much value on the open market. So, are there are any other players who might be shown the door? Yes. Two pretty obvious backups sitting in plain sight on the roster.

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, quarterback Gardner Minshew and left tackle Andre Dillard could be moved before or during training camp for the right price. The plugged-in reporter listed both guys on his far-reaching list of 20 players with “sneaky trade value.”

Neither one is a surprising name to hear in trade chatter. The Carolina Panthers called the Eagles about Minshew at last year’s trade deadline. They also received interest in Dillard last summer, but Jordan Mailata was still unproven at the time. It didn’t help that Dillard injured his knee in the middle of training camp.

Fast forward to 2022 and they are trade targets once again. Fowler cited the Indianapolis Colts as a possible landing spot for Minshew to “apply pressure” to Carson Wentz. Go figure. He mentioned the Carolina Panthers as a good fit for Dillard who has two years left on his rookie deal for a combined $3.8 million.

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