Reid Says Trade Phones Are ‘Very Active’

It’s that time of  year when teams are actively molding their rosters in search of that perfect blend of potency and balance. The Eagles just so happen to have an excess of talent at a couple key positions. It is a perfect case of supply and demand, and the calls are coming in fast and furious.

“They’re very active. Howie [Roseman] is constantly on the phone,” said Andy Reid. “That’s how it works.”

Clubs have until Friday at 9 p.m. to trim their rosters down to 53. The Eagles, given their defensive line situation primarily, will have to get creative to figure out how it will all come together. The object is to keep the best players. But can you have 20 percent of your roster made up of D-linemen?

“I would tell you that there will be some tough decisions. That means the quality is up and the talent is up,” said Reid. “I would tell you I think Howie has done a phenomenal job bringing people in here, both the pro and the college department, creating this intense competition for some spots here that is healthy and good for your football team.”

Darryl Tapp‘s name has come up quite a bit in trade speculation. He is making a base of $2.6 million this season and is a free agent in 2013. There are teams that could use a productive veteran at defensive end, and there might be some appeal to getting value and a little financial relief in return if you’re stacked up at that position like the Eagles are.

“I don’t know how I would feel about it. I’ve been through that situation before, being traded,” said Tapp, who was dealt from Seattle to Philadelphia for Chris Clemons and a fourth-rounder. “It’s different because I really enjoy being here, the coaching staff and the group of guys I’m with. We’ll see what happens when it happens.”

Tapp added, “A lot of guys here would do a very good job and probably start on a lot of different teams.”

With some intriguing prospects behind LeSean McCoy in Bryce Brown, Dion Lewis and Chris Polk, the Eagles could theoretically get something in return for one of their reserve running backs. And the sudden fight for the remaining quarterback spot gives the Eagles a couple potential options. Both Trent Edwards and Mike Kafka both might be able to fetch you at least a little something on the open market.

“The phones are ringing, so everybody’s talking all the time here. That’s the best way I can put it,” said Reid, when asked specifically about the quarterbacks. “Every position you’re talking about things; that’s just how it works right now. But to pick a specific position, I can’t do that. But just know that there are calls that are being made, and calls taken.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/michaelscharnagl Mike Scharnagl

    if Edwards shows something against the Jets, I could see the Packers trying to get him. Their back up QBs are not good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mjacobs45 Matt Jacobs

    Any chance we can trade a DE for a weak side LB? We’ve seen the Rolle, Jordan, Chaney revolving door. Never going to work…

    • http://twitter.com/MykeLane Michael Lane

      I wish we had got Kuchkley the tackling machine LB with Carolina

      • Brian

        Fletcher Cox wasn’t a bad consolation…

      • xlGmanlx

        Cox/Curry > Kuch. Historically the iggles never pulled off the draft like this one and drafted the Teo’s and Gocong’s of the world so normally they needed to go after guys like that. If they hadn’t had the draft they appear to have this year, I would be totally behind you, but the cost of getting the LB would have meant losing out on some one like Cox, Kendricks, Curry, Foles, Boykin so while getting a stud LB isn’t worth losing out all those other potential starters.

  • ICDogg

    Tough to get anything resembling normal trade value in a trade this time of year. The street will be flooded with players who are NFL-worthy prospects and adequate veterans.

  • Dom

    Package Polk and tapp for a offensive lineman……I would trade chad hall , kafka and cooper too for a left tackle

  • Thunder_lips

    Didn’t we have 11 D-Linemen last year?

    Babin
    Cole
    Graham
    Hunt
    Parker
    Tapp
    Jenkins
    Landri
    Laws
    Patterson
    Thorton
    (Dixon and Abiamiri on IR)

    I’d say the current crop of DE’s is better than last years group, so why is it so hard to believe we’d keep six again?

    • ICDogg

      Graham I think was on PUP. We didn’t get Landri until Dixon went down with tricep injury a few weeks into the season. And I think Thornton was on the P Squad at least to start the season.

      • Thunder_lips

        I know, but we ended the season with 11. Graham eventually came off of PUP and Landri and Thorton were added during the season (as players were injured).

  • GW.Fisher

    Tapp, at $2.6m is the odd man out. These ARE the Eagles, after all…

  • Ascher

    It would be nice to snag some o-line help and another safety.

    • Brian

      Another safety would be nice, but I doubt we’d be able to find anything worth our time. There really aren’t too many good safeties in the league right now and I doubt we’d get anything better than Coleman. Agreed about O-line help, an actual backup center would be nice.

    • MTR

      We are on the same page Ascher.

  • http://twitter.com/makarov__ Jim Reynolds

    Antonio Dixon will be traded or cut. I think Tapp is staying, because he can allegedly play DT in a pinch.

    • ICDogg

      Tapp is no DT. And if you needed a DT out of the DE’s “in a pinch”, it would probably be Graham, not Tapp.