Evan Engram Trade Rumors: Packers, Bills good fits following injuries

After scoring a touchdown against the Chiefs, could Evan Engram be a potential trade target for contending teams ahead of the deadline?

With the 2021 NFL trade deadline fast approaching, tight end Evan Engram has been the subject of a number of rumors. The fifth-year tight end has continually flashed his potential as a top option at the position, but he’s never managed to quite put it all together consistently during his career. Could Engram be traded ahead of the deadline, and if so, which teams might be in the discussion?

Evan Engram makes an ideal trade target for a contender

There is no doubting Engram’s talent. He has made several big plays during his time with the Giants. However, inconsistency has marred his career. Twice in his first four seasons, he had a catch rate below 60%. However, on another occasion, it was above 70%.

In 2020, he alarmingly had 11 drops at a rate of one every 10 targets. One of those, in particular, proved costly with a Giants loss to the Eagles.

Evan Engram’s contract is affordable

Still, Engram is undeniably talented as well as being reasonably cheap and low-risk from a long-term perspective. Engram’s contract carries a cap hit of just $6 million this season and has just over $3 million remaining in salary that requires paying. With his contract expiring at the end of the 2021 season, he could be available at a reasonable value as well.

The cap number is a question, but with the Giants slipping out of contention, they may be willing to take on some of his remaining salary to facilitate a trade. The only real sticking point is that the Giants have been losing pass catchers every week. Therefore, as they look to evaluate Daniel Jones in his crucial third season, further depleting his weapons might not be a smart move to make.

Engram’s potential landing spots

The tight end position is not one that is flush with talent around the league. Only a handful of teams have tight ends that are regular parts of the game plan. Engram has the potential to be one of those options, and with a change in scenery, perhaps he can find some of that desired consistency. Let’s take a look at some of the potential landing spots for Engram.

Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills have to be all-in on the 2021 season. Outside of their loss to the Titans, they have been extremely impressive since Week 2. However, on offense, they were starting to lean more on TE Dawson Knox, who is now absent with injury. That leaves a gaping hole in an otherwise super offense.

Engram could easily slot into that spot vacated by Knox and complement the Bills’ other pass catchers. Adding Engram to this offense would give the Bills several different options that opposing defenses would have a tough time covering them all. Engram also offers the flexibility of being able to line up both in-line and out as a receiver.

Green Bay Packers

Much like the Bills, the Packers just loss their tight end, who has been a dynamic playmaker for them over the past two years. With Robert Tonyan now out of the picture, the Packers could certainly explore adding a new pass-catching tight end for QB Aaron Rodgers. Ralph Vacchiano reported that he is hearing the Packers are indeed interested in a trade for Engram.

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The Packers’ current TE options include Marcedes Lewis and Josiah Deguara. While both are good role players, neither is the downfield playmaker that either Tonyan was or Engram could be. Adding Engram would also be a big sign to Rodgers that this front office is willing to invest in weapons for him.

Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers have a good tight end in Jared Cook, but their pass-catching options lack depth. Behind Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, only one receiver has more than 15 targets — Jalen Guyton with 20.

Engram would allow the Chargers to exploit matchups. They could load the field with three tight ends in Cook, Engram, and Donald Parham to get teams into heavy packages. They could then split any combination of those out as receivers and exploit mismatches. Engram’s versatility could take this offense to the next level and help Justin Herbert through his current tricky spell.

Los Angeles Rams

The Rams have already made a big move this week by trading for Von Miller. However, we have seen that they are willing to give up draft picks in this run for the Super Bowl. While they do not have much draft capital (at least in 2022), they could put together a package to add Engram.

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Tyler Higbee has certainly been a solid option, but the Rams were also effective when they used two-tight end sets with Higbee and Gerald Everett. Adding Engram would give the Rams more offensive versatility. They could split Engram out and give opponents a three-receiver look, or they could line him up as a conventional tight end in two-receiver, two-tight end packages.

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