Tennessee Titans reportedly call Philadelphia Eagles to discuss a trade

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The Tennessee Titans are 5-2 with wins over the AFC’s top-two seeded teams from last year’s playoffs, is this the time to push for another big trade?

There is a report from Dan Sileo that the Tennessee Titans have reached out to Howie Roseman and the Philadelphia Eagles to discuss a potential trade for defensive tackle Fletcher Cox.

This is the first time that the Titans have been connected to actual trade rumors about the former Mississippi State star, but it isn’t the first time this has been suggested. As recently as two weeks ago there were reasons to wonder if the Titans would make a call like this.

Now is the perfect time for the Eagles to have a fire sale and focus on getting younger and cheaper as they try to find their franchise quarterback this offseason. They have a 2-5 record and they may end up with 3 of the top 10 picks in the 2022 NFL Draft.

If the Eagles are selling, then the Titans should consider buying someone like Fletcher Cox.

What could Fletcher Cox add to the Tennessee Titans defense?

It is easy to feel good about the Titans’ defense right now because they just throttled the Kansas City Chiefs thanks to big games from a dominant front-four of Harold Landry, Jeffery Simmons, Denico Autry, and Bud Dupree.

But that isn’t actually the starting defensive front for the Titans. Mike Vrabel has been insistent that Tennessee’s defense should heavily feature a front with three defensive linemen.

Between that look and the rotation, the Titans are using, the trio of Naquan Jones, Amani Bledsoe, and Larrell Murchison have combined for over 250 snaps. That means that on roughly half of the defensive plays this season, one of those three has been on the field.

Ultimately that isn’t a bad thing, but if the Tennessee Titans are making a true push for a Super Bowl, then imagine how much better the defense would be if Fletcher Cox was the third defensive lineman in those situations (or the first backup defensive tackle subbed in when the Titans use four-man fronts).

Is the report true? It is hard to say. Sileo has the blue checkmark on Twitter, but this could just be smoke that someone is pumping out to try to drive the price up on Fletcher Cox.

One small reason to think that Cox might be on his way out is that the Philadelphia Eagles held Fletcher Cox out of practice on Wednesday for “rest”, but that was not the case last week where he practiced every day.

That is strange and it could suggest that they don’t want to risk him getting hurt before the trade deadline. Then again, it could just be a coincidence, but everything gets more scrutiny before the trade deadline and time will tell, but trading for Fletcher Cox makes more sense than some people might initially think.