The Philadelphia Eagles picked up their first Super Bowl in franchise history in 2017 and have been threats ever since. In 2020, they will look to take another division title behind a healthy Carson Wentz and a revamped defense.
The defense was greatly improved when they landed Darius Slay in a trade with the Detroit Lions. The secondary has been a concern over the years and Slay will change the narrative immediately. Philadelphia is hoping that the Slay deal turns into one that will be viewed as a win for them. These five are certainly seen that way. Here are the best trades in Eagles’ franchise history.
5. Jason Peters
The most important position on the football field is quarterback. The second most important is the person who protects the blind side of the quarterback. In 2009, the Eagles acquired one of the best in the league.
The Buffalo Bills sent the Eagles Jason Peters in return for a first-round pick, a fourth-rounder, and a sixth-rounder. Then head coach Andy Reid described Peters as “the best left tackle in football.” If he was not at the time of the trade, it did not take long for him to build a reputation as one of the top two, along with longtime member of Washington and current Niner, Trent Williams.
Peters will return for his 12th year in Philly in 2020 on a one-year, $6 million contract. During his time as an Eagle, Peters has built a reputation as one of the hardest workers and toughest competitors on the field. This trade was a big win for the Eagles as they added a top player in the game and someone that turned into a huge fan favorite.
4. Dumping Sam Bradford
Bradford was the first player taken in the 2010 NFL Draft. He played for four teams during his nine year career. Bradford could never find a home because of his inability to stay healthy. As a rookie, Bradford threw 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. This was one of just two years where he played all 16 games.
In 2016, the Eagles gave Bradford an insane deal. They signed him to a two-year deal worth $36 million with $26 million guaranteed. This was just doomed from the start and Bradford’s play backed up the notion. He went 7-7 as a starter and threw for 3,725 yards with 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. This would be one of the worst signings in franchise history if they did completely fleece the Minnesota Vikings.
After just one year with the Eagles, Bradford was on the move. He was dealt to the Vikings in exchange for a 2017 first round pick and 2018 fourth round pick. Yes, the Eagles turned Sam Bradford into a first-round draft pick. The Eagles used that pick to take Derek Barnett. Sometimes a great trade is made and it is not by your team gaining a player, it is by sending one away.
3. Norm Van Brocklin
Van Brocklin spent the first nine years of his career with the Los Angeles Rams. He was a six-time Pro Bowler with the Rams before they sent him to the Eagles in 1958. The Eagles were coming off three straight losing seasons before trading for Van Brocklin.
Van Brocklin spent three years under center for the Eagles. After a 2-9-1 year in which he led the league in completions and pass attempts, Van Brocklin turned the Eagles into winners in year two. Philadelphia finished 7-5 in 1959 before returning to the NFL Championship in 1960. This is a game they would win after throwing 24 touchdowns.
The Eagles turned around quickly with Van Brocklin as quarterback. In three years, he was a three-time Pro Bowler and First Team All-Pro in 1960. Van Brocklin was a Hall of Fame inductee in 1971 and put together an incredible run during his time in Philadelphia.
2. Terrell Owens
It is hard to justify being against a trade where your team acquires one of the best receivers in football. Owens had just been named to the Pro Bowl in the previous four years and was First Team All-Pro three times in that span. Prior to the 2004 season, the Eagles completed a three-team deal with the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens.
In the deal, the Niners sent the Ravens a second-round pick that they acquired from Baltimore in a previous deal. Following that transaction, the Niners sent Owens to the Eagles in exchange for defensive end Brandon Whiting. The Eagles also sent the Ravens a fifth-round pick. This trade was immediately worth it for the Eagles. In 2004, Owens was the best receiver in football.
Owens finished with 77 catches for 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2004. He helped lead the Eagles to a 13-3 record and Super Bowl appearance against the Patriots. Philadelphia lost the game 24-21. Owens finished with nine catches for 122 yards on a bum leg. He lasted just two years with the Eagles before signing with the Dallas Cowboys.
This is a trade that is viewed in a negative light by some because of the personality that Owens was on and off the field. The fact remains that Owens was great during his short time with the Eagles. He was a huge part of a team that made a run to the Super Bowl and played on a bad leg trying to bring a championship to the city.
1. Ron Jaworski
The Eagles were in need of a franchise quarterback when they made the Jaworski trade. This is exactly what they got. The Eagles sent tight end Charlie Young to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for Jaworski.
Jaworski would spent 10 years with the Eagles and post a 69-67-1 record. He led the Eagles to a Super Bowl appearance in 1980. The Eagles finished 12-4 that year and Jaworski had his best statistical season. He finished with 27 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions while throwing for 3,529 yards. Jaworski led the Eagles to the playoffs four times.
Young was never the same after leaving Philadelphia. He played nine years with three different teams. Young totaled just 2,523 yards and 18 touchdowns. Jaworski is currently second all time in Eagles’ history with 26,963 yards and 175 touchdowns. This was a trade that was easily won by the Eagles and can be remembered as their best in franchise history.