Last year, the Eagles were looking for a cornerback to bolster their high school. According to a former Eagles coach, the team could have acquired one of the best defensive backs in football, but the team should have included one of the best tight ends in franchise history in a deal for the get.
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Stephon Gilmore was traded from the New England Patriots to the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday for a sixth-round pick in 2023. Gilmore, two-time All-Pro, four-time Pro Bowl recipient and 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year , is considered one of the best cornerbacks in the game.
Ryan paganetti, who spent four years with the Eagles as a coach and assisted Doug Pederson in game management situations, tweeted Wednesday that the Eagles were offered a trade in 2020 that would have sent Gilmore to Philadelphia in exchange. of tight end Zach Ertz.
If the Patriots and Eagles had agreed to the terms, the Eagles should have signed him for a long-term contract extension. Gilmore, 31, has been injured in the past two seasons. Most recently, he was on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list with a partially torn quad injury.
Gilmore’s injury designation means he can’t return for Sunday’s game against the Eagles and must miss the first six weeks of the season.
Had the Eagles acquired Gilmore, he partnered with Darius Slay, would have given the team one of the best cornerback pairs in the league, and would have brought Avonte Maddox back into the slot. The move would also make Dallas Goedert the clear starting tight end.
Ertz wanted to leave Philadelphia this offseason, reportedly asked for a trade. However, Ertz said he and the team had come to an agreement and an apology had been issued. Ertz eventually came back and caught 13 passes for 153 yards and one touchdown this season.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was intrigued by Ertz. Belichick saw the tight end catch the eventual winning touchdown against him in Super Bowl LII. In addition to its stated interest, 6ABC Jamie apody tweeted an exchange between Ertz and Belichick in which the Patriots head coach said he still wanted to get Ertz but joked that Eagles general manager Howie Roseman wanted two first-round picks and two from his grandchildren in return.
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