Things would probably have to get pretty contentious for Jalen Reagor to wind up catching passes from Dak Prescott. It’s no secret the former first-rounder has been discussed in various trade scenarios this offseason. But the Dallas Cowboys? That’s a new one.
The Philadelphia Eagles have publicly stated their commitment to Reagor, the 21st overall pick from the 2020 draft. They have also voiced their disappointment in Reagor’s stunted development. One report had Reagor being dangled in a trade to the Baltimore Ravens for safety Chuck Clark. That never materialized.
Now Brian Martin of Blogging the Boys has thrown out Dallas as a potential landing spot for Reagor. Remember, the Cowboys lost receivers Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson in the offseason. And Michael Gallup might miss the start of the year as he continues to rehab from a torn ACL.
Reagor — a Texas native, and a player the Cowboys heavily scouted in 2020 — could be an “ideal candidate” for Dallas, according to Martin.
“Dallas’ familiarity with Jalen Reagor, and the need for a player with his skill set, could make him an ideal trade target, even between divisional foes,” Martin wrote on July 20. “Like Deonte Harty, Reagor is a player who can play inside/out, be used as a gadget player, and be the primary punt returner. A 2023 late-round pick could be all it takes to acquire this versatile playmaker if the Eagles want to get something back for a bust in their system.”
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NFL Insider Thinks Eagles Shopping Reagor
Reagor caused a bit of a stir when he scrubbed his social media of all Eagles references following the team traded for A.J. Brown in April. Rumors suggested he had requested a trade, but those were never proved. Speculated, not confirmed.
But the general feeling around the league is that a mutual parting of ways might be best for both player and team. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport mentioned the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers as possible destinations.
“There was some conversation going on between the draft,” Rapoport said on May 2. “I kind of wondered if one of those receiver-needy teams — maybe the Chiefs, maybe the Packers — would make a run at Jalen Reagor. In the end, it just wasn’t enough compensation.”
Problem is, that teams generally don’t like to give up too quickly on high draft picks. The Eagles might be better off opening up a three-man competition at slot receiver — Reagor vs. Greg Ward vs. Zach Pascal — when training camp opens on July 26.
“I think the main problem the Eagles have with Reagor is he still could be good,” Rapoport said. “We’ve seen teams like the Rams, for instance, win the Super Bowl with four receivers. They [the Eagles] may still need him. We’ll see if he ends up sticking.”
Coaching Staff Still Sees ‘Explosive Player’
Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen gave Reagor a nice vote of confidence when asked about the disappointing receiver at OTAs. His biggest asset is his speed, something the Eagles have placed a huge emphasis on in recent years.
“He’s explosive. That’s one of his biggest assets. He’s an explosive player,” Steichen told reporters in June. “He still has that ability to run routes and be fast and strong and physical. And, again, we’re just continuing to improve on those things every single day.”