The Eagles Should Trade Kevin Kolb -- Right Now

The Eagles Should Trade Kevin Kolb -- Right Now

Technically, the NFL lockout is over. Maybe it will be reenacted, maybe not, but at this very moment, only the league thinks this thing is still on. What can stop an intrepid team such as the Eagles from making moves?

While it would be extremely unpopular among a group of owners desperately calling for timeout, the Eagles absolutely should use this window to make at least one move. If they can find a willing partner, the Eagles should trade Kevin Kolb today, and collect their compensation of 2011 draft picks.

Why not? Nobody is suggesting the Eagles go completely AWOL, and open their doors for workouts, or start signing free agents—though it would be nice. This is merely swapping one player's rights for another.

Chances are the NFL would deny their request, but who knows? By not authorizing a trade, or really, by preventing any franchise from operating like normal, the league risks violating the law. Up to this point, maybe they can argue not enough time has passed to reasonably enforce the court's ruling, but how easily can they make such a case once that first trade comes across the commissioner's desk?

It's also entirely possible the Eagles would be unable to find a partner; not at this late date, not in this uncertain climate. Even if a trade was miraculously completed, the lockout could resume as early as tomorrow, and the club that acquired Kolb is stuck with a new quarterback they can't see or speak to. For how long is anybody's guess.

And good luck finding another owner who will break from the rest of them, or convincing Jeffrey Lurie for that matter.

But the Eagles are getting screwed here, and this is their only chance. Sure, Kolb will be worth roughly the same after the draft as he is before it, but how much better could they be within the next two seasons if they had those picks this year?

It might be one of the most controversial trades of all time, but it's completely justifiable. Why shouldn't any club in a similar situation trade players for picks today? There are no adjustments to the terms of existing contracts. The only thing that changes is which team owns the players' rights.

Worst case scenario: maybe the deal gets blocked. Otherwise, all St. Roger Goodell and the NFL's team of attorneys can do is put on their frowny faces and wag a collective finger at the Eagles.

Is it going to happen? Of course not. Based on the emails the Eagles are sending fans, the franchise is firmly entrenched with the other owners, who are intent on reversing the court's decision. Exchanging Kolb for picks today would be the best possible thing for the team though, which is all that matters in this space.

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

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Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Eagles bring back Taylor Hart after stint with Chip Kelly

Eagles bring back Taylor Hart after stint with Chip Kelly

The Eagles have brought back a familiar face to take Ron Brooks' roster spot.

On Monday, the team claimed defensive tackle Taylor Hart off waivers from San Francisco. Hart was just waived on Saturday by the 49ers, who claimed him after the Eagles waived him at final cuts.

So, Hart is coming back to Philly after a stint with Chip Kelly in San Francisco.

Hart, 25, played in one game for the 49ers this year. The Eagles are light at defensive tackle thanks to Bennie Logan's groin injury. While head coach Doug Pederson on Monday said Logan was getting better, the Eagles still brought in more depth by claiming Hart.

While still with the Eagles, Kelly had a hand in drafting Hart, an Oregon product, in the fifth round of 2014.

Hart worked hard this offseason to learn how to play in Jim Schwartz's aggressive 4-3 defense, which is very unlike the ones he had played in during college and in the NFL.

Brooks has been placed on IR after rupturing a quad tendon during Sunday's game against the Vikings. He'll have surgery this week.

In addition to adding Hart to the active roster, the Eagles also added cornerback Aaron Grymes to their practice squad.

Grymes, 25, was having an impressive training camp and preseason with the Eagles before injuring his right shoulder. He was waived shortly after that.

After coming out of the University of Idaho in 2013, Grymes didn't make an NFL team so he went to Canada. He ended up as a starter and All-Star on the Edmonton Eskimos and won a Grey Cup in 2015.

To make room for Grymes, the Eagles cut OL Matt Rotheram from the practice squad.