Does this trade make sense for the Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles.
The time for trade and free agency speculation is really ramping up. With Jon Robinson as the Tennessee Titans GM, anything and everything is possible in terms of trades at this time of year.
One of the guys that I would be keeping a really close eye on is Connor Barwin from the Philadelphia Eagles. According to Mark Eckel, Barwin is going to have a market if he does get cut or traded.
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A source he cited said this about Barwin:
“‘If they cut him, teams will be lining up for him,’ a pro personnel man with another NFC team said. ‘He wouldn’t be out of a job for long. I would think they could trade him and get something back. He has value. His deal this year isn’t that bad.'”
The biggest issues propelling Barwin into free agency is his cost ($7.75 million) and his scheme fit. Again, go check out this article by Eckel to really get a feel for Barwin, but he believes that he was a much better fit in the 3-4 scheme citing his career before the 4-3 scheme change:
“In his three years with the Eagles as a stand-up linebacker in Billy Davis’ 3-4 defense, Barwin recorded 244 total tackles, 26.5 sacks, 34.5 tackles for a loss, forced four fumbles and recovered one.”
The Tennessee Titans need a 3rd edge rusher no matter what anyone said. As much as I think Dodd may be a good player on the outside, he is probably going to be a great 4th pass rusher who uses power and an outside rip move. He is also pinned down to being a LDE in this scheme behind Derrick Morgan and he hasn’t shown the ability to switch sides.
The Titans need a guy who can back up Brian Orakpo and really get after the passer. Someone with experience in a 3-4 scheme. Someone like Connor Barwin who at this point in their career is like DeMarcus Ware i.e. a great sub package rusher or heavy rotational guy.
So here is my proposed trade for the Philadelphia Eagles based on what both teams need.
Tennessee Titans get: Connor Barwin, OLB
Philadelphia Eagles get: Jason McCourty, CB
The Philadelphia Eagles really need a cornerback after cutting one starter and losing two of their next three cornerbacks to free agency. Jason McCourty has a contract that is easily cuttable if the Eagles don’t want keep him.
Now, I am not saying they should trade for him just to cut him, but if they already know that he is a potential cut then it makes more sense to trade him for something they need instead of cutting him.
Jason McCourty and Connor Barwin are roughly the same age with roughly the same contract, so all it is, is a positional swap. Both teams get guys that are good prospects for their systems but neither one is a big liability to the cap.
To me, this reminds me a lot of the Dennis Kelly/Dorial Green-Beckham trade between the Eagles and the Tennessee Titans last year. Both teams get a backup/rotational starter that at positions they need with relatively no downside.