The Eagles could very well have assembled a good 53-man roster to begin the season with the pieces already in place from the preseason. But just having a good roster isn't enough for general manager Howie Roseman, who has orchestrated five trades since last Monday. Aggressively looking for any avenue to tweak the roster, Roseman has been active since he was named the team's general manager on January 29.
In fact, the Eagles have been involved in 17 trades since Roseman took over his current post. Not too bad for a "shakedown artist" who was becoming known "as the guy who wants to bamboozle people." Michael Silver's infamous article hinted that teams were ignoring Roseman's calls. Well, it's a good thing there are 31 other teams in the NFL as 12 of them did deals with the Eagles this offseason - Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Seattle, Washington, Denver, Detroit, Arizona, New England, Baltimore, San Diego, Green Bay and, yes, even Dallas.
Here is the timeline of the Eagles' offseason trades. Players in parenthesis were selected with that pick, but not necessarily by the team which received the pick in the trade.
1. March 8 - Traded WR Reggie Brown to Tampa Bay for an undisclosed draft pick in 2011.
2. March 16 - Traded DE Chris Clemons and a 2010 fourth-round pick (DE E.J. Wilson) to Seattle for DE Darryl Tapp
3. April 2 - Traded CB Sheldon Brown and LB Chris Gocong to Cleveland for LB Alex Hall, a 2010 fourth-round pick (CB Trevard Lindley) and a 2010 fifth-round pick (CB Perrish Cox)
4. April 4 - Traded QB Donovan McNabb to Washington for a 2010 second-round pick (FS Nate Allen) and a 2011 conditional draft pick (third or fourth round)
5. April 19 - Traded a 2010 fifth-round pick (CB Perrish Cox) to Denver, who sent TE Tony Scheffler and a 2010 seventh-round pick (LB Jamar Chaney) to Detroit who sent LB Ernie Sims to the Eagles
6. April 22 - Traded a 2010 first-round pick (WR Dez Bryant) and a pair of 2010 third-round picks (TE Ed Dickson, WR Eric Decker) to Denver for a 2010 first-round pick (DE Brandon Graham)
7. April 23 -Traded a 2010 second-round pick (LB Sean Lee) to Dallas for a 2010 second-round pick (RB Montario Hardesty) and a 2010 fourth-round pick (TE Clay Harbor)
8. April 23 - Traded a 2010 second-round pick (RB Montario Hardesty) to Cleveland for a 2010 third-round pick (SS Morgan Burnett) and a pair of 2010 fifth-round picks (DT Cam Thomas, DE Ricky Sapp)
9. April 23 - Traded a 2010 third-round pick (SS Morgan Burnett) to Green Bay for a 2010 third-round pick (DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim) and a 2010 fourth-round pick (QB Mike Kafka)
10. April 24 - Traded a 2010 fifth-round pick to San Diego (DT Cam Thomas) for a 2010 fifth-round pick (WR Riley Cooper) and a 2011 fifth-round pick
11. April 24 - Traded a 2011 sixth-round pick to Detroit for a 2010 seventh-round pick (LB Jamar Chaney)
12. July 30 - Traded LB Joe Mays to Denver for a 2012 undisclosed draft pick
13. August 30 - Traded FB Charles Scott to Arizona for CB Jorrick Calvin
14. September 3 - Traded a 2011 undisclosed draft pick to Arizona for G Reggie Wells
15. September 4 -Traded a 2011 undisclosed draft pick to Baltimore for DE/LB Antwan Barnes
16. September 4 - Traded LB Tracy White to New England for a 2012 undisclosed draft pick
17. September 4 - Traded G Stacy Andrews to Seattle for a 2011 seventh-round pick
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 3:40 a.m., September 5