Doug Pederson Denies Trade Rumors

Reports indicated the Eagles were interested in Torrey Smith and possibly Alshon Jeffery.

Doug Pederson. (Jeff Fusco)

Doug Pederson. (Jeff Fusco)

Reports on Monday indicated the Eagles were interested in trading for 49ers receiver Torrey Smith and possibly Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery, but Doug Pederson denied that Wednesday morning during his press conference.

“There’s no legitimacy to that,” Pederson said, “and I’m thrilled with the guys we have and going to work with them every day.”

When asked to clarify whether the Eagles are interested in upgrading their receiving corps, Pederson reaffirmed his position.

“Well look, you say upgrade, I think every team is trying to upgrade every position if you could,” Pederson said, “but not at this time, no.”

The Eagles’ head coach also listed Nelson Agholor, Bryce Treggs and Josh Huff as the team’s deep threats who can stretch the field. However, Treggs hasn’t been active for a single game this season, while Agholor and Huff don’t crack the top-90 in yards per catch across the league. None of the Eagles’ receivers are ranked in the top-40 in receiving yards, receiving touchdowns or yards after catch, although they have played one less game than most other teams because of Philadelphia’s early bye week.


The only Eagles who won’t practice Wednesday are Kamu Grugier-Hill (hamstring) and Bennie Logan (left groin), both of whom are “week-to-week.” Because Logan could miss more games, the Birds brought back Taylor Hart.

“Right now with the injury to Bennie, you’re down to three [defensive tackles],” Pederson said. “As much rotating as we do with that group, we felt the need to bring a fourth in.”