The Tennessee Titans and the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms on a trade, sending WR Dorial Green-Beckham to the Eagles for OT Dennis Kelly.
This trade is pretty peculiar for several reasons.
First of all, Green-Beckham was a 2nd round pick last year, and it is very, very rare for a player to be traded away so soon after being drafted that highly.
Second of all, the Titans don’t exactly have the deepest of receiving corps and Green-Beckham is their biggest option and was good for the Titans last year. He averaged 17.2 yards per catch and had 4 touchdowns on 32 catches.
Finally, Dennis Kelly is not exactly a player of the same calibre. The former 5th round pick has not been a consistent starter and has not been a key contributor in his time in the NFL. What’s more, the Titans don’t seemed to be particularly o-line needy.
However, upon a closer look, it seems to make sense for both sides.
The Eagles have a desperate need at wide receiver. Outside of Jordan Matthews in the slot, the Eagles are lacking any real production. Rueben Randle is not a number one kind of receiver, Nelson Agholor has yet to really develop as they would’ve wanted and then they really have very little. Green-Beckham offers a big body on the outside and a red zone target for Sam Bradford to work with. Green-Beckham is unquestionably talented, it’s whether this change of scenery can bring out the best in him.
It also gives them the ability to potentially cut a different receiver in order to add free agent tackle Will Beatty.
The Titans, on the other hand, ship off a player that they weren’t convinced fit their system. Furthermore, they had questions regarding his dedication and his focus. In Kelly, they get a versatile o-lineman who can give them depth and competition along the line. So, despite getting rid of a talented 2nd round pick seems strange, as far as the Titans are concerned this gets rid of a potential issue and strengthens a different position.
It’ll be interesting to see if Green-Beckham can become the player his talent suggests he can, if he does, this trade will absolutely be a much better deal for the Eagles.