As children around the nation were giddy in anticipation of their trick-or-treating adventures, football fans were equally anxious as the NFL trade deadline neared.
The Eagles are beloved at Haverford, with students frequently making the drive into the city on Sundays to attend games. Many superstars—Commanders Chase Young, Titans Derrick Henry and Deandre Hopkins, and Cardinals Kyler Murray—were the subjects of extensive trade rumors. Fanbases speculated as to the moves their team would make, unsure of whether they would be losing a beloved idol or gaining a desired talent.
After a busy deadline last year that saw a record number of acquisitions, fans’ speculation was certainly warranted.
Eagles fans’ were no exception, as many expected GM Howie Roseman to make a splash. It was rumored that the Eagles could trade for a cornerback in an attempt to bolster their secondary ahead of their final playoff push. In the end, Roseman made only minor moves, the most notable of which netted the Eagles a future sixth-round pick.
While the lack of transactions can be frustrating for action-loving Eagles fans, it symbolizes management’s confidence. After falling short in the Super Bowl last season, the team brought in new talents (D’Andre Swift and Jalen Carter, most notably), while retaining many dedicated veterans. These additions symbolize a “win-now” attitude as the franchise searches for their second Super Bowl victory.
With a 7-1 record and a GM who sees no need for dramatic change, perhaps the Eagles are on their way to yet another Super Bowl run?
Roseman has had immense success with the Eagles throughout his career, giving fans good reason to side with his choices. Although the Eagles’ performance at times this season has appeared to be sub-par—Quarterback Jalen Hurts has frequently looked uncertain in his decision making—Roseman’s confidence is enough for Eagles fans to feel satisfied with their team.