The Eagles’ roster stands at 63 entering Saturday morning, which means they’ll have to make 10 more moves to get to 53.
And it seems like a couple of those moves will be at the cornerback position.
That’s why it’s no surprise that Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas have reportedly been names to come up in trade talks, according to MMQB’s Albert Breer.
Cutdown's tomorrow. Here are guys raised in trade talks ...— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 5, 2020
• Bills WR Robert Foster
• Panthers WR Seth Roberts
• Bills TE Jason Croom
• Jets C Jonathan Harrison
• Saints DL Sheldon Rankins
• Eagles CB Rasul Douglas
• Eagles CB Sidney Jones
• Washington OLB Ryan Anderson
Right now, the Eagles have seven cornerbacks on their roster and five are locks to make the team: Darius Slay, Avonte Maddox, Nickell Robey-Coleman, Cre’Von LeBlanc and Craig James. James was added to the lock category after he signed a 1-year extension on Friday.
So that leaves Jones and Douglas, two draft picks from the 2017 class up in the air.
It’s possible that one or both will be cut if they can’t be traded. The likely scenario here is that one of them will be kept for depth purposes. Because of Jones’ upside — at least he used to have upside — he might have more trade value. If the Eagles can trade Jones and keep Douglas for depth, that would make the most sense.
Jones, 24, was a 2nd-round pick back in 2017, but the only reason he fell to the 2nd round was because of an Achilles tear he suffered in Washington’s pro day. He was a consensus 1st-rounder before that, so the Eagles were hoping they got a steal at No. 43. That hasn’t happened.
There’s no question that Jones has had a disappointing NFL career. The Eagles were hoping he would blossom into a star and now he’s in Year 4 and in danger of getting cut if he doesn’t get traded. His time with the Eagles has been plagued by injuries; he was even injured for most of this training camp. If Jones does get traded or cut, the Eagles will save $1.3 million in cap space.
At least Douglas, 25, has played for the Eagles. He’s had an uneven career but he’s been healthy. The 3rd-round pick from West Virginia has played in 46 games with 18 starts for the Eagles. And if they deal Jones, they’d probably be wise to keep Douglas around for depth in Year 4.
The Eagles already made Douglas agree to a pay cut this offseason. That restructure reduced his cap hit from $2.3 million to a more manageable $1 million by lowering his base salary. If he didn’t do that, the Eagles were willing to cut him.