We found out today that RG3 met with the Eagles on Thursday night at the Combine. Don’t get too excited. Most likely this is just the Eagles doing due diligence. They believe in researching top QBs so that they can be ready should something happen and the guy slides a bit.
More than a few Eagles fans have made the point that the team could fill all their needs in FA and then trade pick 15 and both 2nd rounders to move up for Griffin. Sounds like a great idea. One big problem. The Rams have the #2 pick and they are going to sell it to the highest bidder. The Eagles would need the 1st, 2nd, 2nd, and more than that. Next year’s 1st at a minimum. Probably more. You’d pay an enormous price.
Teams like the Skins and Browns have Top 10 picks and are more likely trade suitors for the Rams. Jeff Fisher would love to move down and add some ammo, but I’m sure he wants to stay pretty high so he can find a LT, CB, or top shelf WR.
Adding RG3 would also be an awkward move. Andy Reid is in “win now” mode based on the comments from Jeff Lurie’s PC. Do you pay a steep price for a player who would sit this much in 2012? This isn’t like adding a DT who isn’t needed as a starter, but can be worked into the rotation. QB is a one-man position.
The other X-factor is that Mike Vick might not be so keen on having his replacement right behind him. Vick’s never dealt with pressure like that. He might respond great, but might not. If Vick bounces back to 2010 form, we don’t need RG3. If Vick plays like his 2011 self, we do need RG3. What does the FO think? We’ll find out when we see if they make a play for a top QB or stand pat.
While it would be great to add RG3 in theory, the price and timing of the situation don’t make it a likely scenario.
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Okay, I will go conspiracy guy for a second. Why did the Eagles wait for the Scouting Combine to announce the signing of QB Trent Edwards? Could be that they simply had a chance to meet his agent face to face in Indy. Simple logistics.
Or maybe the Eagles made the move in such a public way for a reason. They wanted to get the message out there that they are good at QB with Vick, Edwards, and Kafka. Why would you do this? Maybe the Eagles do have a QB targeted in the draft. By making this move in such a public way you could throw other teams off the trail. Not likely of course, but with the Eagles you do have to analyze every move like this. They are a super sneaky organization and will do some crazy things around draft time to keep other teams guessing.
I wouldn’t even bother to write up such a silly sounding idea except that Edwards worked out for them twice and then there was a delay of a couple of weeks until he did sign. Just seemed odd. Maybe Trent was sorting through offers from the other 31 teams. I’m sure they were all desperate to sign him.
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The Eagles have done nothing but say good things in regard to DeSean Jackson the last week or so. Anyone else’s BS meter been going off due to this? Dave Spadaro keeps pushing the idea DeSean is coming back. Howie, Andy, and Marty are ready to adopt him (3 Men And A Franchise Tagged WR – worst movie idea ever).
Then Adam Schefter reported that the Eagles would listen to trade offers. Even more interesting, that Tweet was retweeted by Eagles Insider, as in…let’s get this rumor out there. Was that just the team simply feeding fans a good rumor or is this a deliberate plan of action? Let’s say good things and make it sound all buddy-buddy with DeSean. Then we’ll quietly float the rumor that DeSean can be had for the right offer.
I remain highly confused by the DeSean situation. Every time I think I’ve got it figured out, someone throws me a curveball.
If the Eagles did decide to make a play for RG3, DeSean could go to the Rams as part of the package. He would probably draw the value of a 2nd round pick, which means the Eagles would still be giving up a boatload of picks. Again, not a likely scenario at all to me.
Geoff Mosher did report on Twitter that Drew Rosenhaus met with Andy Reid. Mosher didn’t say if this was a simple “Hello” at the elevator or an actual sit down meeting.
For those who didn’t yet check this out, do read Jimmy’s story about the birth of his daughter. Classic stuff.
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Combine workouts start on Saturday AM. Here are some things I’ll be watching for.