Jared Allen, Hakeem Nicks and Josh Gordon all stayed put. The NFL's trade deadline passed without much noise.
But one deal that did get done was the Philadelphia Eagles sending nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga to the New England Patriots that included the teams swapping 2014 draft picks, according to multiple reports. The Patriots will send a fifth-rounder to Philly for a sixth-rounder as part of the trade.
Sopoaga, 32, has had a quiet first season in Philadelphia, signing with the team after spending the first nine years of his career with the San Francisco 49ers. This season, Sopoaga has one quarterback hit and 10 tackles despite starting seven of the team's eight games. He's not considered much of a pass rusher (7.5 career sacks) but has the mass at 330 pounds to help stop the run.
The Patriots' run defense has suffered since the losses of Vince Wilfork, who is gone for the season, and Tommy Kelly, who is out indefinitely. The team has relied heavily since then on undrafted rookies Chris Jones and Joe Vellano. Sopoaga likely fits in the team's base defense, primarily on first and second downs.
The Eagles might give more time to third-round pick Bennie Logan, as well as undrafted Damion Square, who has not had many reps on defense this season. Logan had been getting reps at defensive end but could shift inside more and open things up for Vinny Curry, who has flashed in limited snaps.
The trade won't make much of a ripple in terms of the draft. The Patriots figure to finish in the upper third of the standings, and the Eagles currently find themselves in the bottom third. Thus, the difference between the picks might not be that large.
Consider this a low-risk, low-impact move for both teams.
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