Jalen Reagor made it out of the NFL draft despite some minor controversy over his future, still wearing a midnight green jersey. Philadelphia Eagles GM Howie Roseman stood by the 2020 first-rounder and gave him a huge vote of confidence. Turns out there had been talks about trading Reagor during the draft of 2022.
The Eagles discussed trading Reagor to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for security Chuck ClarkPer In Adam Caplan of the Birds. There was mutual interest, but those talks “died” over the weekend in Las Vegas. The potential move would have brought home a proud Philly native.
Here’s how Caplan described the conversations between the eagles and ravens:
Clark, a sixth-round pick from Virginia Tech, started with strong safety in 16 games last season and made 80 tackles. The 6-foot, 250-pounder also finished with a sack and two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. He has 283 total tackles, four forced fumbles and five picks in 79 career games.
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Since Rodney McLeod is leaving for Indianapolis, the safe starting place falls to Marcus Epps alongside Anthony Harris. The 26-year-old veteran held his own as a stand-in last season while making three starts. Epps saw significant snaps even as Harris returned from hand and groin injuries. The Eagles have nurtured Epps ever since, with teammates, coaches and executives cheering him on.
“Sure, Marcus Epps,” said Darius Slay when asked for a name hidden under the radar. “He got a lot of reps, he filled the role really well. He was always ready, always waiting for his time to come and this is his time and I know the work he has put in. I look forward to seeing what he does.”
“Mark [Epps] is a guy who played a lot of football for us last year. We’re excited for him, too,” said Howie Roseman. “And so I don’t know if we necessarily perceive it the way you might have described it.”
Roseman was specifically asked to confirm a report that Reagor had asked for a trade after the 2022 NFL draft. Recall that by the third year, the recipient had their social media accounts stripped of Eagles references. While the savvy GM wouldn’t say whether the trade request was true — important to note: he didn’t outright deny it, either — Roseman made it perfectly clear that Reagor would remain on the list.
“Jalen Reagor is a Philadelphia Eagle and he’s going to be here,” Roseman said April 30. “We want to have good players in this room and good players on this team. He’s worked tremendously hard to get in shape and get into this off-season program and now he has a chance. We don’t expect anything to change.”