The Philadelphia Eagles have a big problem, but it is not unsolvable.
The Eagles' offensive line looked in shambles without starting right tackle Lane Johnson, who is currently serving a 10-game suspension for his second violation of the NFL's banned substance policy.
Quarterback Carson Wentz was constantly under pressure from the right side and sacked a season-high five times en route to a 27-20 loss to the Washington Redskins.
After initially planning to start left guard Allen Barbre and right tackle Stephen Wisniewski at left guard, the team started Halapoulivaati Vaitai in Johnson's spot. This decision wound up costing the Eagles, as Vaitai looked lost in his first ever start at the position.
Whether the Barbre-Wisniewski combination will work is up for debate, but it's clear the Eagles need help on the offensive line, as replacing a player of Johnson's calibre is a tall order.
NJ.com's Eliot Shorr-Parks believes the Eagles should make a move to acquire Cleveland Browns' All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas prior to the Week 8 NFL trade deadline.
"Thomas would fill an immediate need for the Eagles, as they could put him in Johnson's spot (at right tackle), and he would be an immense upgrade from any other option they have," Parks wrote. "While he currently plays the left side, and not the right, Thomas would likely be able to switch sides without much issue -- and would still be an upgrade, even if it did take some time to adjust."
Thomas, 31, has started all 150 games in his nine-year career. He's a nine-time Pro Bowler and a six-time First Team All-Pro.
The Browns are in complete rebuild mode and have already started the season 0-6. This trade could help accelerate their rebuild, as they would likely gain a number of draft picks from the Eagles in exchange for Thomas.
The Browns already tried to trade Thomas to the Denver Broncos last season, with the deal falling through just before the deadline. If he remains on the market, the idea of having Jason Peters and Thomas lining up on the outside of their offensive line is quite appealing.
The Eagles' offensive line woes aren't going away, and if they hope to contend for the AFC East title, something will have to be done.
Source: NJ.com · Photo Credit: The Football Feed