The other day Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk said the the Eagles were “sizing up another sucker” in regards to trying to find a trade partner for Asante Samuel (link). He talked about the AJ Feeley, Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb trades and said that we “conned” other teams. I have a few qualms with what some things that he posted about Asante Samuel but I think most Eagles fans are smart enough to know better so I’ll avoid that. But the idea that the Philadelphia Eagles are the best team in the NFL at getting value in trades intrigued me so I decided to look at some trades the Eagles made to see if the Eagles really were the gold standard of the trading market.
2003 – The Eagles trade Al Harris to the Green Bay Packers for a fourth round pick
-Al Harris ended up being a good player for a long time in Green Bay. The Eagles ended up packaging this pick and using it to trade up in the draft. I think Green Bay got great value here, they got a good corner for a mid round pick. Not a “con”.
March, 2004 – The Eagles trade AJ Feeley to the Miami Dolphins for a second round pick in the 2005 draft
-This is highway robbery. AJ Feeley was a mildly skilled back-up QB who really didn’t do anything special and we got a good pick out of him. This is a con.
August 28, 2006 – The Eagles trade Mark Simoneau and a conditional 4th round pick to the New Orleans Saints for Donte Stallworth
-We got a pretty good year out of Stallworth but we let him go after the season. Not much value in this trade in my opinion, certainly not a “con”.
March 27, 2007 – The Eagles trade Darwin Walker and a conditional draft pick to the Bills for Takeo Spikes and Kelly Holcomb.
-We got an okay year out of Spikes, we certainly didn’t get what we expected from a guy with Spikes’ history. He made it one year before the Eagles parted ways with him. We did however end up trading Holcomb to the Vikings for a sixth round draft pick.
February 28, 2009 – The Eagles trade Lito Sheppard to the New York Jets for a 5th round pick and a 2010 conditional pick.
-Lito Sheppard was cut from the Jets one year later and the Eagles never really got anything out of the draft picks. Two mid-round picks for Lito Sheppard is okay value but they didn’t take advantage. This is a pretty decent deal but it is hardly something you would classify as “trade rape”.
April 17, 2009 – The Eagles trade one of their first round picks to the Buffalo Bills for Jason Peters.
-A low first round pick for what would turn into the best LT in the NFL? Incredible deal.
October 20, 2009 – The Eagles trade Brandon Gibson and a 5th round pick to the St. Louis Rams for Will Witherspoon
-Will Witherspoon started out on fire but he flamed out by the end of the season and the Eagles let him go. The Eagles gave up a promising young WR and a 5th round pick for 11 game rental of Will Witherspoon. Not a con.
April 2, 2010 – The Eagles trade Chris Gocong and Sheldon Brown to the Browns for Alex Hall, a 4th round pick and a 5th round pick.
-This was a horrible trade for the Eagles. Sheldon Brown has continued to see extended play time with the Browns and Chris Gocong has developed into a very solid strong side linebacker. In return for two starters, the Eagles got Alex Hall who didn’t make it out of training camp and two draft picks that turned into Trevard Lindley and Ernie Sims. Yikes!
April 4, 2010 – The Eagles trade Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins for a 2nd round pick and a 4th round pick in the 2011 draft.
-This is a con that someone should be tossed in jail for. He got a premium pick for an old QB that was clearly out the door and on the back end of his career. The Eagles worked some trade magic with the picks they got and the McNabb haul turned into Nate Allen, Casey Matthews and DeMeco Ryans. A starting FS, a promising young LB and a probowl LB. That is a great deal.
July 30, 2010 – The Eagles trade Joe Mays to the Denver Broncos for JJ Arrington or a 2012 6th round pick.
-The Eagles traded Joe Mays to the Broncos and he suddenly developed into the player that fans hoped he could be in Philadelphia. Mays has become a solid MLB for the Denver Broncos and he is one of the better run stuffing linebackers in the NFL. The Eagles got the worst of this deal.
July 28, 2011 – The Eagles trade Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2012 2nd round pick.
-A potential superstar CB and a really nice pick in exchange for a guy who is currently locked in a QB battle with John Skelton? Trade winning.
March 20, 2011 – The Eagles trade a 4th round pick and a 3rd round pick to the Houston Texans for DeMeco Ryans and a 3rd round pick.
-This obviously hasn’t played out yet but on the surface it looks like the Eagles got a steal, getting a Pro-Bowl caliber LB for a late third round value.
Upon review, I don’t think its entirely fair to say that the Eagles are “sizing up another sucker”. The Eagles have had plenty of great trades (Feeley, Peters, McNabb, Kolb and maybe Ryans) but there have also been deals where the Eagles haven’t gotten great value. And lets be honest, a third round pick (which is reportedly what the Eagles are looking for) for a guy that is performing as well as Asante Samuel has been isn’t a “con”.