The Philadelphia Eagles were able to make a surprising run to the NFL playoffs last season, but were knocked out in the Wild Card round by the Seattle Seahawks. Unfortunately, the team lost starting quarterback Carson Wentz in then Wild Card matchup and were without wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson.
Entering the offseason, many felt like the Eagles would try to make an impact move at wide receiver. That, in fact, ended up being true, although they didn’t end up pulling the trigger on the trade they tried to make.
According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter via Pro Football Talk, the Eagles tried to acquire DeAndre Hopkins from the Houston Texans, but ended up backing out of the trade talks.
The Eagles also talked to the Texans but decided against trading for Hopkins, based both on what the Texans were asking for and what Hopkins wanted in a new contract, Adam Schefter said on 97.5 The Fanatic.
Just thinking about Hopkins joining the Eagles’ offense is a scary thought for teams in the NFC. Wentz may not be talked about as a top-five quarterback, but he is an elite quarterback. Giving him a weapon like Hopkins would take him to the next level.
Philadelphia likely would have moved on from Jeffery, but DeSean Jackson and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside would have been back. Hopkins would have given the Eagles the kind of star power that they have been needing.
Instead, Hopkins ended up being traded to the Arizona Cardinals in a lopsided deal that brought running back David Johnson back to Houston. The Eagles decided not to make a blockbuster, but one can only imagine that the Texans could have done better than they did.
Expect to hear the Eagles show interest in other receivers this offseason or in the 2020 NFL Draft. They need to boost their offense and will find a way to get that done.