The Philadelphia Eagles and Howie Roseman continued to purge Chip Kelly‘s players Tuesday when they traded cornerback / safety Eric Rowe to the Patriots for guard Josh Kline and a fourth-round draft pick in 2018. Rowe, drafted in the second round of last year’s draft, was expected to push Nolan Carroll for a starting cornerback spot, but failed to do so – starting only after Carroll suffered a broken ankle against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving.
Rowe’s play has been uneven and speculation that he is better suited to play safety than cornerback has been voiced since before he was drafted. It’s clear that defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and Roseman do see Rowe as a good fit for the Eagles new defensive scheme.
The compensation from New England appears more than fair. Josh Kline (undrafted out of Kent State) was expected to be the Patriots starting left guard and has 21 starts in the NFL in his three years in the league, including three in the playoffs. The 2018 fourth-round pick from New England can, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, become a third-round pick based on Rowe’s playing time in 2016 or 2017.
Howie Roseman appears to have made another prudent trade to bolster the offensive line, recoup draft picks surrendered in the Carson Wentz trade, and remove players chosen by Chip Kelly.