Would Eagles Make a trade to Replace Brandon Brooks?
Following the season ending injury to pro bowl right guard Brandon Brooks, the Eagles now must look to fill his position, either internally or outside of the organization.
On the current roster there is Matt Pryor, who started the teams Wild Card playoff game last season. Rookie Jack Driscoll, a fourth-round pick out of Auburn is also an option as is second-year player Nate Herbig, who was an undrafted player in 2019 out of Stanford.
Former Eagles left tackle Jason Peters might be an option, but hasn't ever played guard before, and might have a tough learning curve, especially with Covid-19 potentially limiting training camp.
But what about a trade?
In his most recent mailbag over at Sports Illustrated, NFL insider Albert Breer suggests that Howie Roseman wouldn't hesitate to pick up the phone if one of the guys listed above aren't ready to handle a starting role.
The name that Breer suggests is Patriots All-Pro guard Joe Thuney.
Would they take a big swing on someone like New England’s franchise-tagged All-Pro guard, Joe Thuney? Based on what I know … I think they’d at least explore it. But, again, that’s probably more of a down-the-road contingency thing for now.
The 27-year-old Thuney has started all 64 potential regular season games since entering the league in 2016. The former third-round pick hasn't given up a sack over the past two seasons, emerging as one of the league's best interior lineman
However, the anticipation of Brooks returning in 2021 means its more likely the Eagles try to see what they have before they jump the gun on making a move.