Are the Eagles considering trading for Joe Thomas?
The Philadelphia Eagles offensive line clearly has issues with the absence of Lane Johnson, who is currently serving a 10-game suspension for his second violation of
The Philadelphia Eagles offensive line clearly has issues with the absence of Lane Johnson, who is currently serving a 10-game suspension for his second violation of the NFL's banned substance policy.
Throughout Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Washington Redskins, the Eagles offensive line allowed a season-high five sacks as quarterback Carson Wentz experienced all types of pressure from the right side of the line.
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The decision to start Halapoulivaati Vaitai in place of Johnson, who never took an NFL snap at right tackle, backfired on head coach Doug Pederson. Philadelphia abandoned its plan to start left guard Allen Barbre at right tackle and Stefen Wisniewski at left guard to make room for Vaitai.
Whether the Barbre-Wisniewski combination will work is up for debate, but it's clear the Eagles need help on the offensive line as the team is still in contention for the NFC East title. Their offensive line issues aren't going away anytime soon.
NJ.com's Eliot Shorr-Parks believes the Eagles should make a move for Cleveland Browns All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas prior to the Week 8 trade deadline. All Parks is asking is for Eagles general manager Howie Roseman to make the call.
"Thomas would fill an immediate need for the Eagles, as they could put him in Johnson's spot (at right tackle), and he would be an immense upgrade from any other option they have," Parks wrote. "While he currently plays the left side, and not the right, Thomas would likely be able to switch sides without much issue -- and would still be an upgrade, even if it did take some time to adjust."
With Jason Peters at left tackle and Thomas at right tackle, the Eagles wouldn't have to move Barbre from left guard as the team would have two All-Pro players lining up on the outside of their offensive line.
While Thomas won't ask the Browns to trade him, Cleveland may go through with attempting to make a deal. The Browns are 0-6 on the season (the only winless team in the NFL) and could recoup a bunch of draft picks that would help accelerate their rebuild.
Cleveland has attempted to trade Thomas before, as recently as last season to the Denver Broncos, but both sides couldn't work out a deal prior to the trade deadline.
Thomas, now 31, has started all 150 games in his nine-year career. He's a nine-time Pro Bowler and a six-time First Team All-Pro.
If the Eagles were to acquire Thomas, it would clearly improve their offensive line...one that desperately needs a fix with Johnson suspended.
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