Breaking down the Eagles’ edge rushers after Haason Reddick trade


Breaking down the Eagles’ edge rushers after Haason Reddick trade originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Eagles on Friday afternoon traded two-time Pro Bowl edge rusher Haason Reddick to the Jets for a 2026 conditional second-round pick.

In order for that pick to be a second-rounder and not a third, Reddick will need to play 67.5% of the Jets’ defensive snaps and get 10 sacks.

There’s a good chance Reddick can do that. Because the 29-year-old edge rusher is a proven and productive player in the NFL. Heck, he’s done that in each of his last four seasons, with the Cardinals, Panthers and the Eagles twice.

Still, all things considered, it’s a pretty disappointing return for a player who has had double digit sacks in each of the last four seasons. But the market clearly never developed for Reddick and the only leverage the Eagles had was the threat of holding on to an unhappy player. So they pulled the trigger on a trade.

After moving on from Reddick, the Eagles still have a lot of talent at the edge rusher position but a lot of questions too.

There’s certainly a chance the Eagles could add an edge rusher in the draft, perhaps even on Day 1 or 2. But, for now, here’s a look at the players they have at the position:

The starters: Josh Sweat, Bryce Huff

Earlier this offseason, the Eagles were open to trading Reddick and/or Sweat but found a way to keep one of them. Sweat ended up agreeing to a restructure that will keep him in Philadelphia for the 2024 season. During each of the first five years of his career, Sweat was more productive year-over-year. That ended in 2023 when he finished with 6 1/2 sacks and didn’t have one in the final eight games of the regular season.

Sweat is still just 27 and has plenty of good years ahead of him. There’s a chance that he could simply walk after this year but maybe the Eagles will find a way to bring him back if he produces again. The 2018 fourth-round pick has been a good player for the Eagles and will…

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Publish date : 2024-03-30 11:00:00

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