As the 4 p.m. NFL trade deadline approached, the Eagles made a minor deal, dispatching 32-year-old nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga to New England, along with a sixth-round pick next spring, for a fifth-rounder, also in 2014.
Astute observers will note that the Pats' pick is likely to be near the end of the fifth, and the Eagles' pick is likely to be in the upper half of the sixth round, so, bascially, what the Eagles did was get Sopoaga off their roster without embarrassing the 10-year veteran by deactivating or releasing him.
Sopoaga was a starter, getting 47 snaps against the Giants, but not a particularly productive one, with nine solo tackles in eight games. He came to the Eagles from the San Francisco 49ers, former home of Eagles personnel VP Tom Gamble. Sopoaga started for the 49ers last season but usually played about a quarter of the snaps.
From the get-go with the Eagles, he seemed to have little left. The Eagles have some young defensive linemen, such as third-round rookie Bennie Logan and undrafted rookie Damion Square, they'd like to get on the field more. And if Logan, who also played defensive end, gets more snaps at nose tackle, where you'd have to think he is now the starter, that frees up more d-end snaps for Vinny Curry.