By Eliot Shorr-Parks
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

The Eagles are decimated in the secondary right now, with as many as four of the 11 defensive backs they kept on their roster potentially inactive this Sunday against the Giants due to injury.

Could help be on the way?

Although at this point it is just speculation, and not a sourced report, MMQB's Albert Breer wrote recently that it would not surprise him if the New England Patriots traded cornerback Malcolm Butler this season before the deadline -- and the Eagles could be a trade partner.

Breer writes:

I expect teams will call on the availability of Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler. He didn't start Sunday against the Saints, and his playing time was cut in the same way Jamie Collins' minutes were last October, before New England dealt him to Cleveland. Sometimes, contract situations can get in players' heads, and Bill Belichick showed last year with Collins that he won't hesitate to move on.

Why would the Eagles make sense? Breer explains:

Who would be the trade partner? The Eagles make sense. And they have a versatile front seven piece that would fill a major need for the Patriots and has been tied to trade talks in the past: linebacker Mychal Kendricks.

Butler is set to become a free agent this season, and currently makes $3.91 million. He played in 75% of the Patriots' snaps in their Week 2 win over the New Orleans Saints. The Patriots were reportedly open to trading him this past offseason.

Could a deal happen?

On the surface the Eagles do make sense, as they are stockpiling young cornerbacks, and their No. 1 cornerback for this season -- Ronald Darby -- is still unable to walk on his injured ankle. The team's other top cornerback, Sidney Jones, might not play this season due to a torn Achilles he suffered back in March.


Even if everyone on the roster was healthy, however, Butler still might be the best of the bunch, as he has proven he can be a No. 1, shutdown cornerback. Although Kendricks has improved this season, and seems to be a bigger part of the defense than last year, parting with Kendricks to land Butler for the rest of the season could be the missing piece that puts the Eagles in the playoffs.

Although it is all speculation at this point, Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman has been known to make big-splash trades -- so at this point, nothing should be ruled out.


It's a no brainer ! make the deal !