Doctor wrote:Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski thinks "it would make a lot of sense" for the Eagles to trade Jordan Matthews.
Kempski doesn't expect the Eagles to give Matthews a contract extension at any point, and he's entering the final year of his rookie deal. If GM Howie Roseman is opposed to an extension, then he has two choices: trade Matthews for a potential Day 2 pick or let him play out his deal and possibly land a third-round compensatory pick for 2019. Matthews and newbies Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith are all essentially on one-year pacts, so Philly could overhaul the WR spot again in 2018.
I'd trade a 3rd rounder for Matthews in a heartbeat. The guy is one of the best slot WRs in the league and is exactly the kind of "more athletic" upgrade from Hump everyone keeps asking for. 24 years old, three years of experience in the league, already established, it's like drafting a super rookie. We can only hope that any WR we draft in any round will turn out to be like Jordan Matthews. And sure, maybe some will end up better, maybe some will end up far worse, but I'd rather take a known commodity here. Especially if the cost is a 3rd rounder.
Before debating what kind of a player Matthews is, look at the financial piece of this would be deal..
What makes drafting a guy on Day 2 more appealing is because said pick can be had at a lower salary.. Especially with the Djax deal on the books and Evans getting an extension next year..
Trading for Matthews means we either give him a contract extension or he's due for one next year forcing us to dump a BIG chunk of change into 3WRs..
Or he's rented for a year or 2, chasing greener pastures next year..
My thinking/timeline may be off..Anyone can feel free to correct if it is..