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Howie Roseman says Haason Reddick trade is ‘bittersweet’ but a ‘win-win’

Howie Roseman says Haason Reddick trade is ‘bittersweet’ but a ‘win-win’ originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman had his annual pre-draft press conference Tuesday afternoon and answered many questions about next week’s draft.

But this was also the first time Roseman had spoken publicly since trading Pro Bowl edge rusher Haason Reddick to the Jets.

“Great player. Haason had two great years in Philadelphia,” said Roseman. “Obviously the kid from Camden, who played at Temple, couldn’t have been more excited to sign him. It’s bittersweet to sign such a player and lose a person.

“As the offseason progressed and we added Bryce (Huff), who we are incredibly excited about, brought back Josh (Sweat) and drafted Nolan Smith in the first round, [Brandon Graham] came back, we have some young guys in that position that we would like to develop. And through the conversations with the Jets, we felt like it was a win-win situation. But it’s always difficult to get rid of players and people like Haason.”

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As a reminder, the Eagles traded Reddick for a 2026 third-round pick, which could become a second-round pick if Reddick plays at least 67.5% of the Jets’ defensive snaps in 2024 and has at least 10 sacks.

While Reddick has hit these benchmarks in each of his last four seasons, it is far from a guarantee that he will be able to do so again in 2024. And that kind of return may not seem like enough for a star player in his prime.

So a little later, after answering the first question about Reddick, Roseman got a follow-up question from a reporter on Tuesday about the merits of trading away a very good edge rusher in his prime for the pick the Eagles got. Roseman took offense to the wording of the question.

“I think you’re asking a question in a vacuum, without all the other factors,” Roseman said. “If we want to talk about all the other factors that go into building the team and the resources that have gone into each position, we can do that. But I don’t think the question is really fair and accurately describes the transaction.”

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Some of these factors have already been mentioned above. The Eagles seemed prepared for the possibility of losing one of their starting rushers and jumped at the chance to add Huff – who came by the Jets – on a three-year, $51 million deal when free agency began.

Once the Eagles landed Huff, it seemed more likely that Reddick or Sweat wouldn’t return. And after the Eagles agreed to a restructured one-year contract with Sweat to keep him around, Reddick ultimately became the odd man out.

Reddick, 29, is entering the final year of the three-year, $45 million contract he signed with the Eagles in the 2022 offseason. With 27 sacks in two years, Reddick clearly outperformed that contract and wanted a new deal, leading to the Eagles allowing him to seek a trade. It’s worth noting that Reddick has not yet received a new deal from the Jets.

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