NFL rumors: Eagles were involved in DeAndre Hopkins trade talks | Why deal didn’t get done with Texans

The Eagles spoke with the Texans about a trade for wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins this week, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter (via 975 The Fanatic).

The Texans ended up sending Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals instead. The Cardinals acquired the All-Pro wide receiver for a rather underwhelming package that featured running back David Johnson as the centerpiece.

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So why couldn’t the Eagles land Hopkins? It turns out they could have made the deal, per Schefter.

However, the Eagles backed out of talks with the Texans due to their trade demands and Hopkins’ contract demands for an extension.

The Eagles are in clear need of wide receiver help this season. After an injury-plagued year, that exposed their wide receiver unit’s lack of big-play potential, the Eagles are on a mission to find upgraded playmakers this offseason.

While the Eagles would like to get younger across the board, landing a star like Hopkins would have upgraded the wide receiver group overnight. The Eagles have 10 picks in the upcoming draft and trading a high pick to land Hopkins would have made a lot of sense for Philadelphia.

So far, the Eagles have yet to sign an external free agent on offense. The lone re-signing on that side of the ball was backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld on Tuesday. The team has also re-signed safety Rodney McLeod, cornerback Jalen Mills and defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway.

The Eagles’ lone splash move this week has been the massive addition of nose tackle Javon Hargrave on a three-year deal.

The Hargrave signing was a shrewd one, but the Eagles need to get better on offense. They’ve missed out on Hopkins, Stefon Diggs and Amari Cooper in trades and free agency this week. Over the next few days, fans will hope they can make up for those misses.

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