Philadelphia Eagles are shopping cornerback Eric Rowe
The Philadelphia Eagles are reportedly trying to trade Eric Rowe.
Just last season, Rowe looked to be one of the league’s most inspiring young cornerbacks. Now, the Eagles are looking to move the second-year defensive back, per source.
It’s incredible just how quickly Rowe has fallen out of favor in Philadelphia. Rowe looked like a rising star as a rookie, recording 31 tackles, five pass deflections and an interception in only five starts during his inaugural season in the NFL.
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The big difference between now and then? The head coach.
When the Eagles fired Chip Kelly last season, they fired Rowe’s biggest supporter. Kelly drafted Rowe in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft and had his sights set on turning the safety/cornerback hybrid into a shutdown presence in his 3-4 defense.
Given more time as a starter last season, it’s hard to say Rowe wouldn’t have turned into something close to that.
Doug Pederson‘s Eagles now play a completely different style of defense, thanks largely in part to the addition of Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator. During free agency, the Eagles went out and signed proven producers for Schwartz’s aggressive defense—many of them having already played for Schwartz at some point in the past—such as Leodis McKelvin, Ron Brooks, Nigel Bradham and, more recently, Stephen Tulloch.
Schwartz has hand-picked who he wants on his defense and Rowe seems to be the odd man out.
It’s unclear whether the Eagles will actually end up trading Rowe or what they could get in return for him, but if one thing has been made evident this preseason, it’s that Rowe’s days with the Eagles are numbered.