Trade for Patriots: Isaac Sopoaga isn’t very good. The 32-year-old was ProFootballFocus’ 82nd ranked defensive tackle out of 85 eligible on ProFootballFocus last season on the nose in San Francisco. This year, he’s been better, but he’s still grading out slightly below average on the nose in Philadelphia. That being said, he’s probably better than anything the Patriots currently have as Vince Wilfork is on injured reserve, Tommy Kelly is out indefinitely, and the Patriots are using two undrafted rookies Joe Vellano and Chris Jones heavily. He’s not going to get any pass rush, but he can help replacement some of Vince Wilfork’s presence against the run.
He was given an unreasonable 3-year, 11 million dollar deal this off-season by the Eagles, but the Eagles already paid more than 3 million of the 3.75 million guaranteed so the Patriots will essentially be paying him the veteran’s minimum weekly for the remainder of the season and can cut him penalty free this off-season, rather than paying him base salaries of 3.75 million and 3.5 million respectively in 2014 and 2015. The Patriots also gave up very little for him, as they sent a 5th rounder for him and a 6th rounder. I don’t love the deal or anything, but the price was right and he’ll fill a need.
Trade for Eagles: The Eagles aren’t really out of it at 3-5, only a game back of the Cowboys for the division in the crappy NFC East. Sopoaga isn’t a huge part of the team or anything, but it doesn’t make a ton of sense to start selling off starters at this point. 3rd round rookie Bennie Logan will probably take over for him on the nose, but he’s a little undersized at 6-2 309 and he’s inexperienced with only 175 snaps played in 8 games. The Eagles didn’t get a lot of compensation either. One positive: the deal will accelerate his cap hit so it’ll count against this year’s cap, when they have room, rather than next season’s, which will give them some more freedom in free agency.