Report: Eagles Trying to Trade for Manziel and Picks, But They Also Want Mariota…Wait, What?
There's no telling what Chip Kelly is thinking when he wakes up every day.
So unpredictable that he's not afraid to trade for a player, then flip him for something else that same off season. A crazy report surfaced Monday night claiming exactly that.
According to Mack Ferguson, the Eagles and Browns have had multiple discussions to send Browns QB Johnny Manziel, who is currently in rehab, and draft picks, to the Eagles in exchange for Eagles QB Sam Bradford.
Here's the full text of what Ferguson is reporting:
According to a source very close to an agent involved in the trade talks, the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles have engaged in multiple discussions to send Browns QB Johnny Manziel, who is currently in rehab, and draft picks, to the Eagles in exchange for Eagles QB Sam Bradford, who was recently acquired via trade from the St. Louis Rams. According to our source, both sides are very motivated to get a deal done, with each side valuing the other’s QB more than the QB currently on their rosters."
(Listen to Cleveland Plain Dealer Browns reporter Mary Kay Cabot discuss the Johnny Manziel rumor)
A few factors are at work that would prevent such a deal:
1. Sam Bradford has shown "reluctance" in signing a long term deal.
2. The Eagles have been asking for a first round pick in exchange for Bradford, while the Rams are unwilling to do so.
The first round pick, according to Ferguson, is more valuable to the Eagles than Manziel as they are still interested in doing whatever it takes to get in a position in order to draft Marcus Mariota.
Here's more from Ferguson:
"Our source went further and said that the Eagles are also hell-bent on moving up into the top 2-4 picks in the NFL Draft to select Marcus Mariota (who played under Eagles coach Chip Kelly at Oregon) and need the Browns 1st round pick to be a part of the deal so they can then use it as part of a deal to move into the top 4."
Manziel is currently in rehab and reports are that the Browns have all but given up on the 2014 first-round draft pick.
Story, as always with Chip Kelly, is developing.