Report: Eagles, Browns Close To Blockbuster Deal

April 21st, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Filed under Eagles, Football, General, NFL, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly.
Source: CBSSports.com

Source: CBSSports.com

The NFL Draft is the one-time of year where you can count on crazy trades happening. However, trades usually occur during the draft….not eight days before. Technically the first major deal of the draft happened about a month ago, when the Eagles acquired the 8th overall pick from the Miami Dolphins for Byron Maxwell, Kiko Alonso, and 13th overall. Last Thursday saw the Rams one-up that deal by trading a pair of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round picks in their next two drafts to Tennessee to jump from 15th overall to 1st overall. You would think that’s where things end, right?  Wrong. The Eagles are now trying to one-up that deal, by moving up for the second time in this draft….before the draft even begins!

Now, it’s no secret that the Eagles have long coveted the pair of quarterbacks in this year’s draft class. They seem to favor Carson Wentz more over Jared Goff, although both are viewed as franchise signal-callers in the Eagles eyes. It’s also no secret their desire to move up and land one of these quarterbacks. The Birds have been linked to franchise quarterbacks before, and haven’t been able to pull the trigger…so, excuse me if I’ve been a little skeptical. Nonetheless, my skepticism has started to diminish greatly over the last 48 hours. The reason for this being that the talk behind the Eagles trading with the Browns has gained more momentum. So much momentum has been gained, that terms of a reported deal have already been leaked by Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com.

To clarify, here’s what a potential deal would look like.

Source: PhillyVoice.com

Source: PhillyVoice.com

Putting this deal into perspective, here is what the Rams sent to the Titans for the top pick in the draft..

Source: PhillyVoice.com

Source: PhillyVoice.com

The two deals look pretty similar in terms of compensation, with the exception of the two second-round picks (one of which is Philly’s). Unlike this deal, the Eagles would only be getting one pick in return, not three like the Rams did. When glancing at the Draft Pick Value Chart (below), the Browns pick clocks in at about 2,600 points. The three picks in this year’s draft alone, are worth approximately 1,800. Depending on the Birds finishing spot in 2017, this deal could far exceed even value, thus making this deal a bit questionable.

Source: SBNation.com

Source: SBNation.com

ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter chimed in on the reports during his time on 97.5 The Fanatic earlier this morning saying “I don’t think the price is as being reported, I’ll say that. I know it’s been out there. I think it’s been reported two one’s, two three’s … I know that’s not right. It may be very close to it, but I know that’s not exactly the terms of the trade. “I don’t know specifically what it is. It’s going to be a bounty. Maybe it’s two one’s and a three. Maybe it’s something close to that. Whatever it is, right now, it doesn’t matter because there’s no deal. There are issues between the teams that would have to get resolved before they could get a deal done anyway. So I think all of us are just speculating exactly what that compensation would be.”

Nonetheless, the expectation is that the Birds would be moving up six spots for either Carson Wentz or Jared Goff, whichever one doesn’t go to Los Angeles. Doug Pederson is said to view both prospects as franchise quarterbacks, and the team’s interest in either man has been anything but subtle. Goff and Wentz are both pro-ready, having played in pro-style offenses at college. While Wentz has the more experience in high-pressure situations (4-time NCAA Division II National Champ), Goff has the edge when it comes to playing against top-notch defenses. When it comes down to overall skill, it’s been said that you could flip a coin between the two.

With that said, while it’s believed that the Eagles would be moving up to No.2 for a quarterback, there’s always a chance that Philly could have their eyes on someone else. They’ve been heavily linked to Ezekiel Elliott, especially since the departure of DeMarco Murray. Their offensive line has been heavily criticized, especially the left side because of Jason Peters’ age. The secondary has received the heaviest criticism because of their ability to give up the long ball. They lack that elite defensive back, and it’s been showing. If they jump to the second pick, the Eagles would have a bevy of selections to choose from. They wouldn’t be limited to just Carson Wentz or Jared Goff, although they might limit themselves to just those two.

It’s unclear whether anything will develop from this reports, but it sure looks like these reports are getting more momentum by the minute. With eight days remaining until the draft, it’s going to be very interesting to see if the Eagles tip their hand in any way. Stay tuned to TSP for further updates on this situation, and other Eagles rumors.

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