Eagles may trade Simon to Ravens
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Former Pro Bowl defensive tackle and Eagles franchise player Corey Simon has a chance to move a short drive down I-95 if he so chooses.
FOXSports.com has learned that the Ravens and Eagles have recently discussed a deal that would send former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Corey Simon to the Ravens in exchange for second and third-round draft picks over the next two years. There is, however, a huge holdup as the deal is contingent upon the Ravens working out a contract extension with Simon — no small feat.
Simon's agent has talked to Baltimore recently and wants a deal on par with some of the top pass rushing defensive linemen in the NFL. If the Ravens cannot agree to terms with Simon and the deal fails to happen, the Eagles are content to have Simon play this season at his franchise number of $5.13 million. However, a deal would be beneficial to both sides.
Philadelphia has been contacted by several teams regarding Simon but the Ravens' offer seems to be the most realistic option at this point.
While several sources close to the situation confirmed the talks, Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome denied that any deal is in place.
Simon was tabbed as the Eagles' franchise player this off-season to prevent him from bolting via free agency. If the deal goes down, then Philly will have an astounding 14 picks in this year's draft including six on the first day.
If the deal gets done and the Ravens add Simon, Baltimore would have Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs, Ray Lewis, Peter Boulware, Chris McAlister and possibly Deion Sanders as former first-round picks bolstering the defensive side of the ball.
The Ravens are likely switching to a 4-3 scheme and by putting him next to nose tackle Kelly Gregg — perhaps the league's most underrated defender — it would give Baltimore an upgrade at the position.
Philadelphia adds two first-day picks to their slate over the next two years. Philly surrenders a player who has had two 7.5 sack seasons and one year with 9.5. Last season, Simon collected 5.5 sacks — the second-lowest total of his career.