Why the Eagles and Saints were able to make two big trades this year

PHILADELPHIA – Eagles general manager Howie Roseman must have New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis on speed dial. The two meet at the annual league meetings to have a quick chat and bounce ideas off each other.

The pipeline between the teams started in April before the draft when the Eagles agreed to send two of the first-round picks they acquired to the Saints in exchange for six total selections, including a 2023 first-round pick and 2024 second-round pick.

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Then, hours before the 4 p.m. deadline to cut rosters down to 53 players, the two teams made another significant deal, with the Saints sending defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and a 2025 seventh-round draft pick to the Eagles for a 2023 fifth-round pick and the lesser of two 2024 sixth-round picks the Eagles have in their possession.

After completing their most recent deal, Roseman explained why the two general managers have been able to come to agreements on trades.

“Mickey has been doing this a long time, and I guess I’ve been doing this a long time,” Roseman said. “There’s just a comfort level about straightforward discussions. We don’t beat around the bush. It’s like, ‘This is what I’m thinking,’ and it comes to a head pretty quickly.” 📷

There also has to be a trust factor as part of the deals and a rapport that has to be built over time.