Eagles want Wentz?
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — Despite ponying up $22 million in guarantees to Sam Bradford in 2016 and supplementing that with one of the higher-paid backup quarterbacks in football in Chase Daniel, the Eagles may not be done at the game's most important position, at least according to one anonymous NFC executive.
"Don't be surprised if a team like the Eagles makes a really strong move up the board to get (Carson) Wentz," the unnamed power broker told NFL.com.
The Eagles, of course, have already moved up the draft board once, jumping from No. 13 overall to No. 8 after sending Miami both cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Kiko Alonso back on March 9.
The Cleveland Browns, who hold the second-overall selection, are the real linchpin pick when it comes to quarterbacks in this draft and could select either Wentz, a North Dakota State product, or Cal's Jared Goff. The Browns, however, are also kicking the tires on Robert Griffin III and are believed to be interested in trading for disgruntled San Francisco signal caller Colin Kaepernick.
If the Browns do go QB at No. 2, it's conceivable that the whomever they don't take is there for Philadelphia at eight but if the Eagles are that focused on Wentz, the only guarantee to getting him is moving up further.
All that said, this is the silly season leading up to the draft and you are always going to hear leaks from teams designed to provide misinformation.
The Eagles mortgaging more of their future for a FCS QB after spending heartily on Bradford and Daniel doesn't make a lot of sense. If he falls to them at No. 8 overall, that's a different story.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973ESPN.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen