By Harvey Hoffman
The Eagles are once again looking for a right guard to replace Brandon Brooks, who tore his Achilles tendon last week and will miss the 2020 season.
As it happens, there may be a logical replacement on the New England Patriots, who placed the franchise tag on guard Joe Thuney.
He can’t be happy about that.
The Patriots have until July 15 to sign him to a long-term extension. If they don’t, he’ll play the 2020 season under the $14.78 million franchise tag and then become an unrestricted free agent.
But there’s a third option for New England: The team could trade Thuney to free up some desperately-needed cap space. If they choose that route, they may have a suitor in the Eagles, according to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer.
“Would they take a big swing on someone like New England’s franchise-tagged All-Pro guard, Joe Thuney?” Breer wrote Wednesday of the Eagles. “Based on what I know … I think they’d at least explore it.”
The 27-year-old Thuney is one of the best guards in the game and certainly would help offset Brooks’ loss.
The Eagles may have competition, too, as it was reported back in April that the Miami Dolphins had considered trading for Thuney.