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As the Philadelphia Eagles’ defense prepares to undergo significant schematic changes with Vic Fangio taking over as defensive coordinator, Pro Bowl linebacker Haason Reddick could be looking for a change of scenery.
Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Eagles have granted Reddick permission to seek a trade as he is set to enter the final season of his contract in 2024.
Just because Reddick can seek a trade doesn’t necessarily mean anything will happen. Darius Slay received permission to seek a trade last season before returning to the Eagles when no deal materialized.
The Eagles are in a tricky spot this offseason because they have plenty of talent to be a playoff contender again in 2024, but they are only projected to have $20.3 million in cap space.
Jason Kelce, Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham are among the key free agents for Philadelphia. Graham has said he intends to retire after next season, though it’s unclear if he will be playing for the Eagles.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported after Philadelphia’s 32-9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Wild Card game that Kelce told teammates he was retiring. Kelce has since refuted that report, saying he hasn’t made any decision about his future yet.
Cox has also been rumored to be considering retirement, but he is still evaluating his options.
Both Reddick and Josh Sweat are entering the final season of their contracts in 2024. Reddick led the Eagles in tackles for loss (13) and sacks (11) during the regular season. His 23 quarterback hits were tied with Sweat for most on the team.
If Eagles general manager Howie Roseman is going to prioritize one over the other, it would seem to be Sweat if only because he will be 27 next season and Reddick will turn 30 on Sept. 22.
Fangio will be the third different defensive coordinator the Eagles have had in the past three seasons. Jonathan Gannon left after the 2022 season to become head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. Sean Desai, who lost play-calling duties to Matt Patricia during the season, isn’t returning. Patricia is also not being brought back.
The Fangio system doesn’t historically rely on a lot of blitzes, so having a strong defensive front that gets after the quarterback is essential.
Reddick would have no problem fitting in, but his age and contract status might lead the Eagles to move on this offseason.