NFL trade value is a tricky thing. There is no objective worth of a player — a guy is worth what a team is willing to give up for him.
But CBS Sports opined some possible trade scenarios this morning involving the Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles and they are wild, folks.
In short, the Eagles have two good quarterbacks and the Jaguars have none. How can we bring a balance to that? Will Brinson of CBS Sports has a few options.
Draft picks for Foles
Brinson’s first option is one where the Jaguars aren’t even (technically) giving up a first round pick for the journeyman turned Super Bowl winner.
You could work out a deal where the Jags send No. 7 and No. 69 to the Eagles for Foles, No. 26 and No. 54 (the trade value basically makes Foles worth the 28th overall pick, which is probably a reasonably fair swap), but Jacksonville is going to likely lose high-end, expensive talent to free agency as a result of salary-cap issues.
So... trade down in the first round and give up your earlier third round pick for a late second round pick and Foles. While I’m not opposed, this seems wildly unrealistic. Why would the Eagles take so little for a guy they could conceivably get a first rounder for straight up?
Fournette for Foles
This is the wildest one from Brinson and another severe undervalue of Foles’ ability, in my opinion.
How about we make both front offices happy instead? The Jaguars can send Leonard Fournette -- their former top pick and a very talented player who has struggled with injuries and hasn’t meshed well with the front office -- to the Eagles for Foles and a throw-in pick down the road.
There are some contractual issues here that might hold things up on both ends. Foles is either going to have his option picked up or will be given the franchise tag and traded. So he won’t be cheap. Fournette isn’t cheap either -- he has a top-10 salary over the next two years at the running back position.
Philly might not be willing to spend at the position, but Fournette is a better pass catcher than he gets credit for, and he could excel in Doug Pederson’s scheme. The Eagles were at their best with LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi running downhill.
Where do I sign?
Fournette has not been worth his fourth overall draft slot so far — much less a first round talent. He has a career 3.7 yards per carry average and has missed 11 games in his first two seasons due to injury or suspension.
What do you think?
Let us know in the comments about how you’d think of either of these scenarios!