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Jalen Reagor stokes trade speculation after Eagles GM defended him

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The writing was already on the wall for Jalen Reagor. Now those tiny pencil sketches seem to have turned into massive brush strokes. Reagor deleted all his social media accounts after the Philadelphia Eagles’ blockbuster trade for AJ Brown. The assumption is that the receiver will not play a major role in the third year, 2022.

Reagor deleted all his Twitter and Instagram posts (h/t to Eagles Nest Blog) on Friday, seemingly as a sign of frustration. His snaps are directly affected by Brown’s arrival, and speculation about the Eagles’ trade in Reagor is rife.

Several reports had surfaced suggesting Philly was listening to offers, possibly with one upcoming move will shake up Day 3 of the NFL draft. Reagor’s social media activity only reinforced this speculation.

Reagor — the 21st overall pick from the 2020 draft — was largely a disappointment for the Eagles. He has 64 career receptions for 695 yards and 3 touchdowns on 111 goals. The 23-year-old struggled with some injury woes early on while missing five games in his rookie year.

However, Reagor was unable to capitalize on the opportunity when given meaningful snaps. He entered the 2021 campaign as a starter, only to endure a difficult season filled with costly drops and fumbles.

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman brought up Reagor’s name unprompted on April 20 while the preliminary draft was available in the media. His comments were interesting as he seemed to be defending Reagor’s struggles.

“I would say with Jalen [Reagor]obviously I know he gets a lot of attention in this town and I know he works his ass off,” Roseman said, “and if you look back — we had this conversation with our strength and conditioning staff this morning — that was a tough one year for some guys because you had COVID, you didn’t have an off-season program, and so sometimes the book isn’t necessarily written about all those guys.

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The Eagles have turned down the fifth-year option on Andre Dillard, according to multiple reports. The step is not surprising. In fact, it was to be expected. The former first-rounder would have been due around $12 million a year if Philadelphia had exercised the option. That’s a pretty high price for a backup links device.

Dillard has started nine games over the past two seasons. He was jumped by Jordan Mailata on the depth chart.

“The amazing thing is that Andre is training every day right now,” Roseman said on March 2. “I don’t really get to talk to him about anything, but as you can see, he looks great. Upper body, lower body, he’s really determined. He wants to play.”

Something to watch: The Arizona Cardinals make Andy Isabella available in a trade, per NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo. The Eagles resolved their immediate need at receiver via the Brown trade, but taking a flyer on a former second-rounder like Isabella makes sense.

The 25-year-old has 31 catches for 426 yards and 3 scores in his first three seasons. He is a field stretcher who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.31 seconds at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine. Isabella was able to compete in the slot receiver spot with Zach Pascal and Greg Ward Jr. at camp.

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