INDIANAPOLIS -- It's no secret that the Eagles need to improve at wide receiver. And for a long time, it was assumed they'd do it through free agency or the draft.
Howie Roseman might be working on a third option.
According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the Eagles and Titans have emerged as possible landing spots in a potential trade for wide receiver Brandin Cooks.
Cooks, 23, was a first-round pick in 2014 and has eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in each of his last two seasons. In 2016, he had 78 catches for 1,173 yards and eight touchdowns.
To put Cooks' numbers in perspective, the Eagles' leading receiver in 2016 was tight end Zach Ertz, who had 78 catches for 816 yards and four touchdowns.
At his age and still on his rookie deal that comes with a cap hit under $3 million in 2017, Cooks would be an extremely attractive option. Possibly more attractive than the free agents about to hit the open market in a little over a week.
Cooks, if nothing else, would give the Eagles a much-needed deep threat. In 2016, Cooks had the same number of 40-plus yard plays (six) as the Eagles and the same number of 50-plus yard plays (three).
The Eagles have a busy day on Thursday, with several meetings scheduled at the combine with player agents and teams. While it would technically be illegal tampering for teams to talk about soon-to-be free agents, working out a trade would be a way to jump ahead of free agency and land an important piece.
Last year at the combine, the Eagles started the framework of a trade that moved them from the 13th draft pick to eighth.
Roseman, more than many other general managers, isn't afraid to make trades. According to an ESPN story published in September, the Eagles have traded away more players than any other team in the league.