PHILADELPHIA ( — What would make an NFL-best 7-1 feel even better?

How about a future Hall of Fame wide receiver in Calvin Johnson?

A strange out of left field report from a Kansas City-based reporter had the Eagles "aggressively pursuing" the former All-Pro receiver, who walked away in Detroit two years ago while in the prime of his career.

That was report was buoyed by another -- since taken down -- that placed Johnson on a plane from Detroit to Philadelphia shortly before the news broke that the Lions would be interested in moving Johnson's rights.

When asked about those tea leaves by a pair of NFL sources looked bemused.

While Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith haven't lit it up from a statistical standpoint, their presence in the Philadelphia offense has been a success, opening up things for Zach Ertz and Nelson Agholor especially.

More so, both those players have been model teammates and never create waves even if they aren't targeted as much as they would like.

So, why upset the apple cart on a formula that got you to 7-1 in the first place?

This rumor is spawned from two things: Howie Roseman's propensity to make trades and the mentality that if the window is open you should go for it.

However, the fact that Johnson hasn't played in two years when coupled with the reality that the Eagles have other more immediate needs and the franchise's capital to make any move ahead of Tuesday's trade deadline is limited by a lack of draft picks in 2018 means Megatron isn't relocating to Philly.

-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for You can reach him at or on Twitter @JFMcMullen

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