If rumblings are to be believed, the Eagles still aren’t finished setting their 53-man roster. In particular, it sounds like one or more of their reserve offensive linemen could still be on the move.
The biggest name among them is veteran guard/center Stefen Wisniewski, who Jason La Canfora for CBS Sports reports the Eagles have made available to teams in trade talks. La Canfora says second-year backup interior lineman Josh Andrews was on the block as well, and in earlier news, the team tried shopping Josh Kline before informing the Patriots they no longer wanted him as part of the Eric Rowe swap.
It’s a sign the Eagles are happy with their depth along the offensive line.
Signed to a one-year contract in free agency, Wisniewski was believed to be competing for a starting job at left guard. However, incumbent Allen Barbre never appeared to lose any ground there, and when Barbre briefly kicked out to right tackle, third-round draft pick Isaac Seumalo got the first crack at the vacancy. Wisniewski has never been a reserve in five previous seasons in the NFL.
Andrews has appeared in 13 games as a backup and can play both guard and tackle as well.
The Eagles already made one big deal involving a backup linemen this offseason, sending tackle Dennis Kelly to the Titans in exchange for promising-but-troubled wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham. Perhaps general manager Howie Roseman is hoping lightning will strike twice.
Another possibility is the Eagles are feeling emboldened by the fact that an anticipated 10-game suspension for right tackle Lane Johnson has yet to come down. That was what prompted Barbre’s move in the first place, but Johnson is expected to be available for at least Week 1, and for who knows how much longer. That certainly would provide the Eagles some measure of flexibility.