The Tennessee Titans on Monday traded two-time All-Pro safety Kevin Byard to the Philadelphia Eagles for a pair of draft picks and safety Terrell Edmunds, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.
The Titans will receive the Eagles’ fifth and sixth-round draft picks in 2024, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the trade has not been announced.
Byard has 27 interceptions since becoming a starter in 2017. This deal fills a big need for the Eagles (6-1) who lost safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson to Detroit in free agency and are dealing with injuries in their secondary.
The 5-foot-11, 212-pound Byard was the first pick overall in the third round of 2016 and had been Tennessee’s longest-tenured defensive player. He has started 111 of his 120 games and has not missed a game because of injury.
The Titans (2-4) have lost 11 of their past 13 games going back to last season. Their new general manager Ran Carthon confirmed in April that he asked Byard, who turned 30 in August, to take a pay cut this offseason despite leading the Titans in both tackles and interceptions each of the past two seasons.
AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi contributed to this report.