The Philadelphia Eagles are in need of a guard and rumor has it that New England Patriots All-Pro guard Joe Thuney could be on their radar.
The New England Patriots are known for doing the unpredictable when it comes to player transactions. One of those surprises came back in March when the team applied the franchise tag to All-Pro guard Joe Thuney worth $14.78 million.
The immediate assumption was the team would trade Thuney prior to the 2020 NFL Draft. That did not happen, but that doesn’t mean a trade is not still a possibility. With a team like the Philadelphia Eagles possibly exploring a deal for a guard following the loss of Pro Bowl guard Brandon Brooks, rumors are swirling again surrounding the 27-year-old guard.
Here is what Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer had to say about the possibility:
“Would they take a big swing on someone like New England’s franchise-tagged All Pro guard, Joe Thuney? Based on what I know…I think they’d at least explore it. But, again, that’s probably more of a down-the-road contingency thing for now.”
With the two sides reportedly not close on an extended deal, if the Patriots can’t reach a deal with Thuney by the July 15 deadline, Bill Belichick will be the one picking up the phone to explore trades, but what if the Eagles call first?
Could they possibly entice the Patriots with an offer they can’t resist?
What would that deal look like?
Who on the current Philadelphia Eagles roster should the Patriots ask for in a deal?
Let’s assume Belichick won’t settle for just draft compensation, let’s explore three players who would be attractive to the New England Patriots in a Joe Thuney deal.