SOMEDAY, we will be privy to the pictures Howie Roseman has of Miami Dolphins executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum that helped him facilitate one of the great NFL trade robberies of the salary-cap era.

For now, it's enough to know that cornerback Byron Maxwell and his XXXL contract are somebody else's problem and the Eagles are picking five spots higher in the first round of next month's draft than they were three days ago.

The moveup from No. 13 to No. 8 is significant because it just might have moved the Eagles high enough in the first round to get their hands on Notre Dame offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley, who is considered one of the top two tackles in the draft along with Laremy Tunsil, of Ole Miss.

The Eagles went into the offseason with a very long to-do list. But rebuilding the offensive line was right at the top.

They needed to upgrade both guard spots. They had to come up with a contingency plan for Life After Jason Peters.

On Wednesday, they took a promising step toward improving their line with the signing of 26-year-old Brandon Brooks. Brooks, a three-year starter at right guard for the Houston Texans, agreed to a five-year, $40 million deal with the Eagles on the first day of the free-agency signing period.

If they can add Stanley on draft day, well, what looked like a weakness just a couple of days ago could quickly turn into a strength.

"He's a helluva player and a helluva kid," NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger, who spent 11 years as an NFL offensive lineman, said of Stanley. "He has the longest arms (35 5/8 inches), the longest reach in the draft. And he knows how to use it. I think he can play right away.

"He played against a lot of elite pass rushers because of Notre Dame's schedule. If you watch him against (Clemson's) Shaq Lawson last year, I thought he wired him up start to finish.

"He's been durable. He's played the right and left sides. No game was too big for him. Athletically, when you watch him backpedal, he looks like a linebacker backpedaling. He has great movement."

Of course, there's no way for the Eagles to know for sure whether the 6-6, 312-pound Stanley still will be on the board at No. 8. As the second-rated tackle behind Tunsil, he very well could get gobbled up before then and the Eagles will have to move on to Plan B or C.

In his latest mock draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper has Tunsil going first to Tennessee and Stanley third to San Diego. The NFL Network's Bucky Brooks and Lance Zierlein both have Stanley going sixth to Baltimore. But NFLN's Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis don't have him going until Chicago at No. 11.

Baldinger thinks there's a good chance Stanley will make it to the Eagles at 8.

"I just can't see he and Tunsil both going in the top seven," he said. "Not with two quarterbacks (Jared Goff and Carson Wentz) out there. Not with some of the corners (Jalen Ramsey and Vernon Hargreaves) that are there. There are a couple of edge rushers and defensive linemen that are going to go early. And (UCLA linebacker) Myles Jack.

"If you play this thing out right now, I would say Stanley has a good chance of being there at 8 for the Eagles."

Unless you're one of those conspiracy theorists who thinks the Eagles are planning to trade Sam Bradford for a second-round pick, plug in Chase Daniel as the season-opening starter and draft a quarterback at 8, Stanley is the obvious pick if he's available.

Both Doug Pederson and Roseman worked for Andy Reid and share his belief that football games are won and lost in the trenches. Well, unless you have a secondary that gives up a franchise-record 36 touchdown passes. But I digress.

Jason Peters, the Eagles' six-time Pro Bowl left tackle, is a future Hall of Famer. But he's 34 and is running on fumes. He couldn't stay healthy last year and didn't play very well even when he wasn't hurting.

Peters has a $9.7 million cap number this year. It's pretty clear he's no longer a $9.7 million player. If the Eagles drafted Stanley, they could move Lane Johnson to left tackle, plug Stanley in at right tackle and trade or release Peters.

But Pederson doesn't sound like a guy who is interested in getting rid of Peters. At least not yet. At the scouting combine, he insisted that Peters "has several good years left" and "can continue to play at a high level." Maybe he's just blowing smoke to keep people guessing or maybe he's not.

"Doug is blinded," Baldinger said. "He remembers Jason when he was the best offensive lineman in football. From the last month of the 2014 season through the entire season last year, he wasn't.

"When you watch (Redskins linebacker) Preston Smith beat him like he did at the end of the season, he beat him with no moves. I mean, everybody was beating him. He couldn't stay on his feet.

"They could have Lane and Stanley as their tackles for at least the next five years. And Stanley's incredibly durable and healthy. He's not quite the athlete Lane is. Nobody is. But he can flat-out play. And he knows how to play. He's very smart. You're never going to have to worry about this kid. He's never going to do anything stupid."

If Peters stays, it will be as the team's left tackle. Guard isn't an option. His cap number is too high, and Peters would never agree to move inside.

If Peters stays and they draft Stanley, Johnson would remain at right tackle for at least another year and Stanley would play left guard. With Brandon Brooks at right guard and Jason Kelce at center, that actually would be a pretty formidable front, assuming Peters is able to return to something close to Pro Bowl form.

"He could learn next to Jason, and then when (Peters) either gets hurt or moves on, you make the switch with Lane to left and Stanley to right," Baldinger said. "I mean, I've seen a lot of great tackles that were drafted high and played guard for a year until they were able to make the move."

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