CBS Sports: Cardinals All-Pro Budda Baker could be available to Eagles
The NFL trade deadline has been much more active in recent years and this year might not be any different.
As teams start to evaluate who and what they are, they might start to make calls to teams that are clearly in win-now mode.
One of those teams in win-now mode is clearly the Philadelphia Eagles.
One are they could use some help is in the secondary, and there is one player the team could look to acquire before the trade deadline, on Oct. 31.
One name that CBS Sports NFL writer Cody Benjamin says to keep an eye on for the Eagles is Cardinals All-Pro safety Budda Baker, whose name has been connected to the Eagles since training camp due to a contract dispute he has with Arizona.
The All-Pro resolved a brief contract dispute with Arizona by getting a pay raise prior to this season, only to land on injured reserve with a hamstring issue one week into the year. He's a do-it-all play-maker when healthy, but Jonathan Gannon's defense has been feistier than expected even without him; current starters Jalen Thompson and K'Von Wallace have both been active. Rebuilding Arizona (1-4) could save big money by dealing him ahead of a potential 2024 free agency.
While the contract issue was resolved, he hasn't been able to stay on the field for the Cardinals, who have replaced him with former Eagles fourth-round pick, K'Von Wallace.
If Baker stepped in to a safety role, the team could use Justin Evans in the slot, with recent veteran free agent addition Bradley Roby, to give the team more slot depth, while giving them an impact player at safety.
Baker playing next to Reed Blankenship, with Darius Slay, James Bradberry, Roby, Evans, Terrell Edmonds and Sydney Brown would give the team a very good secondary.
Baker is a playmaking safety who has 655 career tackles, 7.5 sacks, seven interceptions and 34 pass breakups.