Falcons trade for Eagles DL in wake of Grady Jarrett injury

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In the wake of the Grady Jarrett injury, the Falcons have hammered out a deal with the Eagles to acquire Kentavius Street. Atlanta is sending a sixth-round pick in exchange for a seventh-rounder and the defensive tackle.

Street is a name that I highlighted last week in potential trade deadline targets for the Falcons.

This is a name that I haven’t seen enough of. Street is familiar with Ryan Nielsen from their time in New Orleans, and the Eagles are similarly positioned as the Jets with their defensive line depth. Putting Street in a rotation with Grady Jarrett and David Onyemata could be just what the doctor ordered if the price is right, which I don’t expect to be too high.

Obviously, I presented the idea of reuniting Street with Ryan Nielsen and Terry Fontenot prior to the Grady Jarrett injury as a rotational piece, but his presence is even more critical now.

The 27-year-old isn’t going to be expected to replace Jarrett; who could? Jarrett is a Pro Bowl talent as well as the heart and soul of this team, but Street will help mitigate the loss.

Street appeared in all eight games for the Eagles this year, playing in at least 22 snaps in two of the last three weeks. This move makes a ton of sense, given his familiarity with Atlanta’s defensive coordinator and general manager.

Originally a fourth-round pick out of North Carolina State in 2018, Kentavius Street spent his first four seasons with the 49ers before signing a deal with the Saints when his rookie contract expired.

With the Niners, the 6-2, 297-pound Street logged 42 tackles, eight for loss to go with three sacks. However, his 2022 campaign with New Orleans was his most productive. Under Nielsen, Street logged eight quarterback hits, five tackles for loss, and three and a half sacks.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Street became a part of Atlanta’s long term plan and received a contract extension. The Falcons have money to spend, he won’t cost an arm and a leg, and you can never have enough depth along the defensive front. I also wouldn’t be shocked if another Falcons trade is coming down the pike.

Photographer: Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire



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