Desperate for a franchise quarterback, the Philadelphia Eagles can get their man. Soon.
The Cleveland Browns will wait for their guy.
The Eagles acquired the No. 2 overall pick in next week's draft from Cleveland in exchange for five picks on Wednesday. The Browns are getting Philadelphia's first-round pick this year (No. 8), a third-round pick (No. 77) and fourth-rounder (No. 100), plus a first-rounder in 2017 and a fourth-rounder in 2018.
Cleveland also sends a fourth-round pick in 2017 to the Eagles.
The trade allows Philadelphia to select one of the top quarterback prospects, Carson Wentz of North Dakota State or Jared Goff of California at No. 2. The Los Angeles Rams already acquired the top overall pick from Tennessee for a slew of picks and have indicated they will take a quarterback.
It is the fourth time the top two selections in the draft have been dealt.
"These guys are pretty even," Eagles coach Doug Pederson said of Wentz and Goff. "From all the physical tools, both of them are extremely gifted. Good arm strength, good mobility. Obviously, Carson is a little bigger, maybe a little better athlete right now. There's not much separating those two."
The Eagles signed Sam Bradford to a $35 million, two-year contract in March. They also signed backup Chase Daniel to a $21 million, three-year deal. But Howie Roseman, the executive vice president of football operations, couldn't resist an opportunity to move up after acquiring the No. 8 pick from Miami for cornerback Byron Maxwell, linebacker Kiko Alonso and the 13th overall pick. >> Read more...
After the Titans-Rams trade last week and now this, I think it is fair to say that the Jets are now locked out of grabbing either Jared Goff or Carson Wentz in this draft. Studies show that drafting a quarterback in the first round has the highest statistical likelihood of success so for the Jets, this doesn't bode well on their chances at finding a quarterback who could start games for them in 2016 (or beyond) in the 2016 NFL Draft unless they somehow secure the other potential first round quarterback Paxton Lynch.
Expecting Lynch to fall to 20 seems unlikely, so if we expect that Wentz and Goff will be off the board in the first two picks, there is a possibility that the Jets could move ahead of the Browns by working out a Mo Wilkerson trade with the Niners for the seventh pick.
Lynch might have potential, but is decidedly very raw and moving up to draft what amounts to at best a 50/50 proposition at quarterback seems dicey. Unless the organization is in agreement that Paxton Lynch is the future of this team, the Jets might be best to let the draft fall as it may to them now that the Eagles have moved up to the second pick.
So what about Bradford? Is he someone that could be available to the Jets? Eagles GM Howie Roseman has demonstrated a willingness to take his lumps on dead money this offseason as evidenced by his trade of DeMarco Murray to the Titans and Kiko Alonso/Byron Maxwell trade with the Dolphins. Would Roseman be willing to eat another $11 million? I wouldn't rule it out entirely but that is a lot of money just months after signing Bradford to a lucrative contract.