Under general manager Howie Roseman, the Philadelphia Eagles are becoming everything the Green Bay Packers should have been.
Roseman has built two separate Super Bowl teams in Philadelphia led by different quarterbacks. The Eagles are again one of the NFC's premier teams this season, and it's in part due to moves like the Kevin Byard trade they made on Monday.
The Athletic's Dianna Russini reported that the Eagles traded picks in the fifth and sixth rounds and safety Terrell Edmunds to land Byard.
It's an incredible deal for Philadelphia. Byard is a two-time first-team All-Pro and one of the best safeties in the NFL. The Eagles fixed a need, adding an elite player to their defense for next to nothing.
Roseman is an outstanding roster builder. He isn't afraid to make trades to improve at areas of need. In recent years, he made deals for A.J. Brown, D'Andre Swift, and C.J. Gardner-Johnson. All of them paid off.
If only Brian Gutekunst had shown the same aggressiveness at the backend of the Aaron Rodgers era.
Eagles showing Packers where they got it wrong at trade deadline
The Packers shouldn't be buyers at this year's trade deadline. If anything, Gutekunst should consider selling veterans to add valuable 2024 draft capital.
However, Gutekunst failed to get deals over the line in the final years of the Rodgers era.
Gutekunst's most notable move while trying to win a championship with Rodgers was trading his star wide receiver to the Las Vegas Raiders.
Where was the sense of urgency?
NFC powerhouses like the Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, and Los Angeles Rams traded for star players, including A.J. Brown, Christian McCaffrey, and Von Miller. The Eagles went to a Super Bowl, the Rams won a championship, and the 49ers are consistently among the top contenders in the conference.
The Miami Dolphins traded for Tyreek Hill, which significantly upgraded their offense and helped them become contenders.
The Packers desperately needed a wide receiver after trading away Davante Adams. They needed one while they still had Adams.
If Howie Roseman were the Packers' general manager, there's no chance he would've allowed wide receiver and tight end to remain major needs in the final years of Rodgers' Hall-of-Fame run. He would've shown the aggressiveness to land another top target for Rodgers in 2020 or 2021.
Philadelphia makes so many smart deals under Roseman.
The Eagles are 6-1 with one of the best rosters in football. Roseman identified an area of need at safety and made an offer for an All-Pro on a soon-to-be rebuilding Titans team, and they got a star player at a bargain price.
If the Packers had taken a similar approach in the final years with Rodgers, they may have won another Super Bowl.