First reported by Adam Schefter & Mike Reiss, the Eagles and Patriots announced a trade on Tuesday, 6 days before the regular season kickoff. The Birds parted ways with their 2015 second-round pick, CB Eric Rowe, in return for the Patriots’ 4th-round draft pick in 2017 that could turn into a 3rd-rounder depending on Rowe’s playing time. Rowe was drafted while Chip Kelly had complete control of the team that year, and this move continues GM Howie Roseman’s trend of purging Chipadelphia.
Although he was only a rookie forced into a difficult situation last year, Rowe did not live up to the expectations most had of him coming into the NFL. He started in 5 games last season due to injuries at cornerback and had some glaring rookie growing pains. This season, he was battling undrafted rookie CB CJ Smith in the 4th quarter of the last preseason game for playing time, so the writing was on the wall for his removal from the team. The Eagles now have 5 cornerbacks on their roster, with CJ Smith named to the practice squad: Leodis McKelvin, Nolan Carroll, Ron Brooks, and Jalen Mills.