ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Eagles are shipping two 2022 first round picks (numbers 16 and 19) and a 2022 6th round pick to the Saints for the 18th pick in the 2022 draft, a 2023 first round pick, and 2022 3rd and 7th round picks. (Adam Schefter, ESPN)
In a trade with a lot of moving pieces, both teams swap draft position in attempt to better position themselves for future seasons. The Saints, who have been navigating salary cap challenges for the last few seasons, make a win-now move to acquire a second 2022 first round pick in exchange for a haul of picks that includes a 2023 first round pick that they hope will fall towards the end of the first round next season. The Eagles, in trading away one of their three 2022 first round picks, avoid having to pay guaranteed money to three 1st round rookies from the same class and avoid potentially having to attempt to re-sign three impact players when their rookie contracts expire at the same time. They also benefit from having two first round picks in 2023 now, which can be viewed as insurance in the event that Jalen Hurts doesn’t take a step forward as a passer and they decide to move off of Hurts in 2023. The 2023 quarterback class is expected to be better than this years crop, but Hurts appears to have at least one more year to prove he’s a franchise quarterback.