It sounds crazy — maybe certifiably insane bonkers nuts — to think the Philadelphia Eagles have any shot at landing Jadeveon Clowney in a trade. Yet the rumor mill around the tiniest smidge of a possibility that it could happen exists. The disgruntled Texan wants a new home — and the Eagles have both the room on their roster and the insatiable need for a pass-rusher.
The drama around Clowney has reached fever pitch in Houston where the latest prediction is the talented defensive end will be traded before the third preseason game. Houston Chronicle reporter John McClain — no, not that John McClane – went so far as saying he’d be “surprised” if a deal didn’t happen soon.
I’ll be surprised if Jadeveon Clowney isn’t traded. They need an upgrade at LT to protect Deshaun Watson. LTs don’t grow on trees so I have no idea who it would be at this time of year.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) August 13, 2019
As McClain pointed out in his tweet, the Texans are in the market for a starting left tackle. They want someone established and young that they can count on to protect franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson for the long haul. Conveniently enough, the Eagles may have that guy in Halapoulivaati Vaitai.
The 26-year-old hybrid offensive lineman — Vaitai plays tackle and guard – has already been linked to trade talks, plus the Eagles suddenly have amazing depth at the position with the emergence of Jordan Mailata and Matt Pryor. Rookie tackle Andre Dillard has also been stoking the Clowney-to-Philadelphia flames with his stellar play on the Eagles’ offensive line.
Washington – Trent Williams
Eagles – Halapoulivaati Vaitai
Jets – Alex Lewis (flip him?)
Colts – Joe Haeg
Chiefs – Cam Erving
(I really just wanted to write this list to show the Eagles are in a great spot to land Clowney 🙌) https://t.co/VNUIUg80ng
— Adam Lefkoe (@AdamLefkoe) August 13, 2019
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