Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Reid: Eagles have talked trades

Andy Reid said that the Eagles have had discussions with other teams about potential trades with the NFL's trade deadline looming Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Reid: Eagles have talked trades

Juqua Parker´s name has been mentioned as a possible trade chip. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Juqua Parker's name has been mentioned as a possible trade chip. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Andy Reid said that the Eagles have had discussions with other teams about potential trades with the NFL's trade deadline looming Tuesday at 4 p.m.

"Everybody’s calling everybody right now," the Eagles coach said. "That’s what takes place. So to tell you that we haven’t talked to anybody, I can’t tell you that."

The Eagles are seen as both potential sellers and buyers in the market because they do have depth at certain spots, but are also light in other areas. For instance, with defensive end Brandon Graham eligible to come off the physically unable to perform list next week, a veteran like Juqua Parker could be expendable.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday that Parker's name has been brought up in trade discussions.

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“If that’s the route we go," Reid said. "We’ve got an abundance at a couple different positions so we’re not forcing any one position to do anything. People ask those types of questions ... so you evaluate what’s going to benefit the Philadelphia Eagles the most when you do these deals."

Reid was evasive about Graham's activation, although he said that he expects the second-year player to start practicing next week. Per NFL rules, the Eagles have three weeks to make a decision on Graham, who had knee surgery last December.

As for other areas of depth on the Eagles' roster that teams could be eyeing, the Eagles do have three starting-caliber cornerbacks in Nnamdi Asomugha, Asante Samuel and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The latter two would be the more likely to be moved.

The NFL's trade deadline is not as busy a time period as it is in other professional sports. The Eagles, despite Sunday's 20-13 win over the Redskins, are still just 2-4 heading into the bye week, so they could be looking to shake up the roster with ten games to play.

-- Reid said that Michael Vick was tested for a concussion following the hit he took on the back from Redskins safety LaRon Landry. On the play Vick initially looked seriously hurt as Washington linebacker London Fletcher apparently held him up and called for Eagles trainers. Reid later said that Vick just had the wind knocked from him. Vick said he only got dirt in his eye.

Fletcher "is a smart guy," Reid said. "He tried to bring a little attention to it, and I love the way he plays, he tried bring attention to things. Mike was trying to pull away from him and he made sure he held on to him and tried to get him out of there. Mike was okay, and right when he came to the sideline he said he was fine."

-- Reid said that there was a chance defensive end Trent Cole (calf) and tackle Jason Peters (hamstring) could return to practice next week. The two starters have missed the last two games. Reid said that the bye week should help tackle King Dunlap and his back spasms.

-- Offensive line coach Howard Mudd underwent hip replacement surgery on Monday. Reid said Mudd should be back in time for the Oct. 30 game against the Cowboys.

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