The talk from Eagles fans so far during this year's preseason hasn't been about anyone currently playing on the field, or even on the team. Instead, fans have been talking about Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and how he wants out of Houston.
So far it was strictly rumor that the Eagles would be in on the Clowney sweepstakes, but late last night those rumors end up coming true, as Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reported that the Eagles are one of five teams the Texans have been in contact with regarding Clowney.
Clowney is now officially worth talking about. Although no one should get too far ahead of themselves, but so far we only know the two teams have been in contact with each other. We have no idea if there was a one-sided offer where the other team hung up the phone and hasn't talked to them since, or if both teams are still actively talking and getting closer to an agreeable deal.
What we do know though, is that Clowney wants to be a Philadelphia Eagle. In the article Wilson goes on to mention that the Eagles and Seattle Seahawks are the two destinations he prefers to go to, mostly due to both teams being considered contenders. The Miami Dolphins are considered favorites to trade for Clowney, but Wilson claims that Clowney "is reluctant to play for a team he doesn't view as a contender
The Eagles are viewed as a possible trade partner mostly due to the fact that we have extra offensive tackles and running backs available. The players most often brought up in the (logical) trade rumors so far have been Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Jordan Mailata, Nelson Agholor, Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood and Josh Adams. Howie Roseman will likely have to give up one offensive lineman, one running back and either one high draft pick or two mid-round draft picks to make this trade go through. Knowing Roseman though, he'll find a way to get Clowney for less than that if he really does want him.