This offseason's somewhat thin pass-rush market is about to get a significant boost, as the Philadelphia Eagles have granted Haason Reddick permission to seek a trade.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported via X that Reddick had received permission from the Eagles to seek a trade.
Sources: #Eagles All-Pro edge rusher Haason Reddick has received permission to seek a trade following another disruptive season featuring double digit sacks. The 29-year old with 27 sacks over two seasons in Philly could land elsewhere. pic.twitter.com/WxIGTac24M
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 11, 2024
Reddick, 29, spent the past two seasons in Philadelphia where he produced 27 sacks and was a driving force behind Philadelphia's run to the Super Bowl following the 2023 regular season.
"He's still an underrated but top-tier pass-rusher," an NFL Defensive Coach recently told FanBuzz, of Reddick.
One of the most consistent young pass-rushers in the NFL, Reddick has produced 410 total tackles with 58 sacks through the first seven seasons of his career with the Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, and Eagles. This past season, Reddick posted the seventh-highest pass-rush win-rate in the NFL, at 22 percent, according to ESPN.
According to Pro Football Focus, Reddick finished the 2023 campaign with 67 total pressures while garnering a 75.2 pass-rush grade. Reddick could ultimately wind up being miscast for new Eagles defensive coordinator Vic Fangio's scheme, which could have been a driving force behind the veteran pass-rusher seeking a change of scenery.
The upcoming NFL Draft class lacks star power at the position, while only Danielle Hunter and Bryce Huff the only pass-rushers listed among PFF's top-15 upcoming free agents, which could create a strong trade market for Reddick's services. Reddick is set to count $21.8 million against the cap in 2024.
Here's a look at Reddick's best fits and potential trade partners for the Eagles.
The Seahawks have expended significant resources over the past year, both in the NFL Draft and the trade market, rebuilding the defense in the loaded NFC West. After acquiring Leonard Williams from the Giants at the NFL trade deadline, one executive believes Reddick could Seattle's next big addition.
"His market starts with any 3-4 defense in the league," an NFC Personnel Executive tells FanBuzz. "But, the Seahawks might be the best fit."
While Reddick might be an ideal scheme fit to fill a need for the Seahawks, it might take some significant salary cap gymnastics to make a trade possible. Seattle is currently projected to be approximately $9.5 million over the salary cap this offseason.
Williams is set to become an unrestricted free agent, so Reddick could wind up being a replacement as the focal point of the pass-rush, or a bookend along the Seahawks' front-seven.
The Falcons are in the midst of a roster overhaul, and could prioritize upgrading the pass-rush this offseason.
Multiple sources tell FanBuzz that the Falcons were among the most active teams looking for pass-rushers ahead of the trade deadline, so, adding Reddick this offseason could check a big item off the organization's to-do list.
One league source suggests that Reddick would be an ideal fit for new defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake's scheme, one year after Atlanta finished with just 42 sacks. Reddick could be a long-term upgrade over veteran Calais Campbell, who signed a one-year deal prior to the 2023 season.
New England Patriots
New England begins a new era with defensive-minded Jerod Mayo at head coach, and plenty of cap space and draft capital to rebuild that unit this offseason.
This past season, the Patriots produced just 36 total sacks, which was the 26th fewest in the league, underscoring the need for New England to rebuild the front-seven. Reddick would prove to be an immediate upgrade over the likes of Anfernee Jennings or Josh Uche on the edge of the Patriots' defense.
Entering the offseason with over $66 million in cap space, the third-most spending flexibility in the NFL, the Patriots could easily absorb a Reddick extension, and even afford to give him a raise upon arriving in Foxboro.
A reunion with the Arizona Cardinals could prove a bit complicated, but there are certainly plenty of reasons to believe Reddick could be headed back to the desert.
Given that former Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon is the Cardinals' head coach, and general manager Steve Keim seems to understand that Arizona misused Reddick during the first four seasons of his career, the former first-round pick could wind up being the centerpiece of a defensive rebuild.
"So we tried to play him at MIKE linebacker," Keim said, via Sports Illustrated. "or I should say we played him at SAM and WILL and thought he'd be a good cover guy who can run, cover and those sort of things. The one thing he didn't do great is he didn't play a lot of stacked backer, which as you know is really hard to process and see things if you're not used to it.
"Haason has such explosiveness, we moved him back to OLB that last year he was on contract - I think he had 11 sacks and the rest is history."
The Cardinals enter the offseason with over $30.5 million in effective cap space, and are armed with the third pick in the second-round as ammunition for a potential trade.
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