Eagles’ Howie Roseman explains Jalen Reagor trade to Vikings

Jaylen Riggle’s disappointing career with the Hawks ended earlier this week when he was sent to Minnesota for several draft picks.

While Eagles general manager Howie Rothman was able to reclaim several Day 3 picks for Reagor, there’s no question that the first-rounder from TCU never lived up to expectations in Philadelphia.

Rothman spoke publicly at a news conference the day before the trade, and will likely not speak again in a similar setting until after the 2022 season. But he did a one-on-one interview with the Eagles’ website on Friday and discussed the Reag trade.

“Obviously, it didn’t work out as we hoped and wanted,” Rothman told the team’s website. “At the end of the day, it’s my responsibility. I look at everything we do and look at it critically and try to get better. I know I can keep improving.”

In his two years with the Hawks, Rigo completed 64 passes for 695 yards and three touchdowns. It wasn’t a bad showing for a mid-round pick, but the Hawks selected Reag with the 21st overall pick in the 2020 draft.

When the Eagles took over Justin Jefferson, the Vikings celebrated in a now-infamous draft room video, putting more pressure on Reg. The Vikings then seized the opportunity to draft Jefferson, who was a two-time Pro bowler in his first two seasons. Reagor and Jefferson are now teammates with the Vikings.

Maybe Reagor ended up finding some success elsewhere in the NFL, but it’s clear that the 23-year-old needs a shot.

“For Jaylen, I think for him and his career, it’s best to give him a chance,” Rothman told the Eagles’ website. “The value had to be right for us to do that. When the value got to what we thought was fair, we pulled the trigger on the trade. He had a good training camp and he does have a lot of talent. He’s still 23. But Where are we, where is he, we feel that makes sense.”

As a reminder, here are the terms of the deal:

Vikings get: Reag

Eagles get: 7th round in 2023, 4th round in 2024, “If certain stats are not met, there is a chance for a 5th.”

Just after the 2021 season ended, Rothman and head coach Nick Ciriani made no secret of their disappointment with Rigor’s performance and said they had a candid conversation with Rigor about where he needs to improve.

But at the time, Reagor was still third in receiver rankings behind DeVonta Smith and Quez Watkins. Ultimately, this offseason, the Hawks added AJ Brown and Zach Pascal, moves that pushed Reagor all the way to No. 5 and made him even more valuable.

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