The Philadelphia Eagles traded five draft picks, including a pair of first-rounders, to the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday to move up from the No. 8 spot to the No. 2 spot in next week’s NFL Draft.
The Eagles with use that pick to draft whichever quarterback the Rams don’t – Carson Wentz or Jared Goff – and will have their heir apparent to Sam Bradford.
Former Eagles linebacker Ike Reese didn’t hate the trade, but he didn’t exactly love it, either.
“I didn’t like the idea of giving up so many picks to move up there to get one of them,” the 94 WIP “Mike and Ike” co-host said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “Had (one of those quarterbacks) fallen to No. 8 and the Eagles chose to select (one of) those guys with the eighth pick, I would have had no problem with it. I think a lot of fans feel more so that way than they do about whether or not we just mortgaged the future for a potential quarterback that’s not going to amount to anything.
“The problem with us as Eagles fans is we’re conflicted with our emotions,” Reese continued. “No one, or very few, are in love with Sam Bradford, the idea of Sam Bradford being your guy. Quite frankly, a large part of the fan base wants to have a quarterback that they can say ‘We believe in him and that’s our franchise guy. It’s just a matter of what you gave up to get up there to get him. And then there’s so little that we know about Carson Wentz.”
The Rams haven’t officially said they will draft Goff, but many analysts believe Los Angeles will go that route. That means Wentz will almost assuredly be an Eagle.
“Let’s face it,” Reese said. “I watch as much college football as anybody. I think I’ve seen one North Dakota State game, and that was the championship game that he played in when you started to hear about him in November. Other than that, I can’t tell you a whole lot about Carson Wentz. I can tell you more about Sam Bradford, and I can tell you I’m not all that happy with him being here past this year. So it’s one of those wait-and-see (things), but you know the knee-jerk reaction. You probably got more people that had a knee-jerk reaction in a negative way about this trade than they did in a positive way. But I will tell you, as typical fans, some of that has died down once we’ve had a chance to sleep on it and wake up the next morning and then start to think about it again. There are still those out there that still don’t like the move and think we gave up too much for a relatively unknown commodity, which it looks like is going to be Carson Wentz.”
Bradford, meanwhile, has to be angered that the Eagles have traded up to draft a quarterback. After all, he signed a two-year, $36 million deal with Philly in March.
“He can’t be happy,” Reese said. “(He was unable) to find a deal that he wanted long-term when free agency hit. He signed this short-term deal with the Eagles. He had to know that this was a lack of a true commitment to him down the road, but as a competitor, you know we feel like if you’re going to put us in there, even under a two-year deal, I’ll change your mind within those two years with my play on the field. Now it looks like unless he takes the Eagles to the Super Bowl this year – really, no matter what he does – he’s going to be moved after this year. He has one year to be here, and then Carson Wentz is going to be the guy there next year. So I can’t imagine Sam Bradford is too happy that he committed to coming here thinking he would have another opportunity to really show himself as a long-term solution here. When they make a deal like this for a quarterback, he knows the writing is on the wall and the clock is ticking. So I can’t imagine he’s very happy with this trade yesterday.
“But he’ll do what most true professionals do,” Reese continued. “He’ll say all the right things and he’ll try to go out there and put up 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns to make the Eagles squirm a little bit about making a decision on whether or not you give him up – a known commodity – versus a guy that played at Division II for the 2017 season. That’s what I’m sitting back and watching this year. What if Sam Bradford takes us to the playoffs this year? Then what are we going to do? I don’t think that’s going to happen, but I’m just saying: stranger things have happened.”