Doug Pederson Talks Trades Ahead of Tuesday Deadline

As Tuesday's 4 p.m. trade deadline rapidly approaches, it would make some sense if the Eagles pulled off a deal. 

After all, they're a 7-1 team that has lost some key players to injury and if a team was ever going to add at the deadline, it seems like these Eagles fit the bill. 

But things are going pretty well. And head coach Doug Pederson admitted on Monday afternoon that he would be concerned about a trade affecting the chemistry of the team. 

"That's why you have to be careful, I think," Pederson said. "It's gotta be the right fit. It can't just be anybody. From my standpoint, you don't want to disrupt the chemistry that is going on in the dressing room right now. Those guys are playing with a lot of confidence and they're rallying around each other so it would have to be a pretty special fit to make it work."

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While Pederson was seemingly worried about the chemistry issue, he wouldn't rule out the possibility of a trade and mentioned the team's scouting department is always looking for talent around the league. 

The Eagles have lost Darren Sproles, Jason Peters and Jordan Hicks this season, so replacing one of them in a trade would make some sense. 

"I like where we're at right now with our roster, the way guys are playing," Pederson said. "We're always looking, obviously. I'm not going to leave it out of the question. But again, the guys that we have in this locker room, we have a lot of confidence in and we go forward from there."

It would be a little difficult for the Eagles to fit any sizable contract under the cap. According to NFLPA records, they have just $4.7 million of cap space. The salary cap is one of the reasons that the NFL's trade deadline rarely produces a ton of excitement. 

Still, they have a de facto GM in Howie Roseman who isn't afraid to make trades and a situation that would really seem to lend itself to pulling that trigger. 

Pederson said he's just focused on facing the Broncos on Sunday but would be brought into conversations about potential trades if they come up. 

"Again, it would have to be a dynamic fit," Pederson said. "It would have to be somebody who would help the team. It would have to be such a fit that you don't disrupt the locker room and where guys are."

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