One part of the trade that sent second-year defensive back Eric Rowe to New England is no more. The Patriots still get Rowe. The Eagles still get a conditional fourth-round draft pick. However, Philadelphia apparently will not take offensive lineman Josh Kline, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Since the Eagles decided they don’t want Kline after all, he remainss property of the Patriots. However, Schefter says the fourth-year veteran could be released.
It appears the Eagles were never really interested in having Kline on their roster. Reports indicated the club was attempting to flip the 26-year-old to another team, but unlike the time general manager Howie Roseman turned backup tackle Dennis Kelly into explosive wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham earlier during the offseason, a deal ultimately was never reached.
Despite the Eagles’ inability to find a trade partner, Kline could still have value around the league, having started 18 games in three seasons with New England. Just not in a trade. Mike Reiss for ESPN.com reports that the change was no the result of a failed physical or any other issue with the player.
Should the Patriots decide to keep Kline around for depth instead, he’s signed through 2017.
Meanwhile, the Eagles settle for only a conditional fourth-round pick for Rowe, who the club selected in the second out of Utah only a year ago. Netting another asset for Kline might’ve sweetened the pot a little. Now it feels as though the Patriots definitely got the better end of the deal, even if Rowe wasn’t a fit for Philly’s new defensive scheme.