By Ray Boyd
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — With the NFL Draft quickly approaching, there are a ton of trade rumors popping up involving the Eagles. The latest news being reported on the Eagles front comes from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport who is saying that NFL teams believe that two young Eagles defenders are available for trade.
Most of the trade speculation involving the Eagles ultimately winds up in them acquiring a pick that will allow them to select Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. Some recent rumors have speculated that Kendricks could be a part of a deal to accomplish that.
Kendricks is one piece of an Eagles inside linebacker core that now has three players capable of starting and only two starting spots. Kiko Alonso, DeMeco Ryans and Kendricks give the Eagles solid depth at the inside position and while Kendricks may have more upside than Ryans, he also has a lot more trade value.
Kendricks was also a no-show for the Eagles recent team workouts.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports joined Josh Innes and Tony Bruno on Wednesday afternoon and reported that the Eagles are seeking a second round pick for Kendricks.
“I’ve talked to several teams that have been in contact with them,” said La Canfora. “They think that price is a little bit rich.
“He’s certainly a moving part that’s being dangled out there to see what his worth is.”
Boykin’s name has not popped up a lot when it comes to Mariota, but there has been a sense of odd man out when it comes to Boykin.
In his time with the Eagles, Boykin has never really been given an opportunity to prove himself as an option on the outside and has been relegated to the role of a slot cornerback. The Eagles signed Walter Thurmond this off-season who has played primarily as a slot corner as well.
Both Kendricks and Boykin have been productive members of the Eagles since 2012 when they were both selected in what is regarded as one of the Eagles strongest draft classes in team history.