Could the Eagles have won the Super Bowl without help from Mike Tannenbaum and the Dolphins?
Maybe — but it would have been a lot harder.
Two of the Eagles best offensive players in 2017 — quarterback Carson Wentz and running back Jay Ajayi — were on Philadelphia’s roster with Miami’s help.
The Eagles packaged the eighth overall pick in 2016 — which they got in a trade with Miami — to move up for Wentz, who was an MVP candidate in 2017 before mangling his knee.
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And then there’s Ajayi, whom Miami sent to Philly for a fourth-round pick midway through last season. Ajayi rushed for 184 yards and averaged 4.4 yards per carry in playoffs.
In terms of wins and losses, the trades have worked out far better for Philadelphia than Miami.
“Well I think that one thing is, it’s easier to trade with people outside of your conference, so you’re not playing against those same players all of the time,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said here Wednesday. “And I think you see that a lot, where teams are trading outside of their conference. “I don’t want to play that guy, I don’t want to see him in a big game.’ Obviously, we have a good relationship with people there, starting with owner on down, coaches, front-office staff. And then as well as, last year, we practiced with them so we had the opportunity to sit down after practices and try to figure out needs and where we could help each other.”
The Dolphins got two starters — Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso — plus the No. 13 overall pick, for the eighth selection in 2016.
All they got for Ajayi, who is entering the final year of his contract, is the NFL equivalent of a lotto ticket.
“When you look at our backfield, the coaches did an unbelievable job of utilizing everyone’s strengths,” Roseman said. “And getting everyone involved. You talk about Jay. You talk about Corey [Clement]. Darren [Sproles] early in the year. LeGarrette [Blount], of course. To have those guys and to have them all and figure out specific roles, and keep them involved. And then the chemistry that they had as a group. When those guys scored a touchdown, those guys were all congratulating each other. Now Jay is an explosive guy. He can run inside the tackles. He can break it outside. They did a great job of getting him the ball in the screen game. So he’s a young guy. He’s 25 years old. He’s obviously under contract next year. So we’re really looking forward to having him the whole offseason. In training camp. And kind of getting him more involved.”