Eagles tackle Andre Dillard was fighting to become the team’s starting left tackle. However, after appearing to lose the job to Jordan Mailata, there is a chance that he could be on his way out of Philadelphia.
According to Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Jeff McLane, multiple teams have contacted the Eagles to see if Dillard would be available in a trade.
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The Eagles swapped 2019 first-round picks and sent fourth and sixth-round selections to the Baltimore Ravens, hoping Dillard would be the long-term solution to replace former left tackle Jason Peters.
However, Dillard has not played up to the expectations bestowed upon him. Trying to come back from a biceps tear he suffered during last year’s training camp, Dillard has had issues with his pass protection.
There have been times when defensive ends Josh Sweat and Derek Barnett have pushed him back into the pocket, forcing quarterbacks to scramble. Dillard has also missed the last few practices and is listed week-to-week with a knee injury.
Teams are probably inquiring about Dillard because it is hard to find a left tackle, and they believe they can fix him to become a starter.
Although Mailata has effectively won the competition, there may not be a rush to move Dillard. The Eagles still need depth at that position, especially after experiencing a rash of injuries along the offensive line in 2020.
The team had to use 14 different starting line combinations in 16 games. The team signed former Indianapolis Colts tackle Le’Raven Clark as their “swing” tackle, meaning he can play on the left or right side. Clark has been limited in practice after returning from a knee injury he suffered last season.
The team has also used Brett Toth at left tackle during Dillard’s absence. Toth has held his own at the position during practice, but Toth likely will not be on the 53-man roster after final cuts are made. Having Dillard remain on the roster would at least give the Eagles someone who knows the system.
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