PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles' search for a top personnel man to assist coach Chip Kelly is nearing the one-month point. There has been little reliable information for the past couple of weeks.

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On Tuesday, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider provided a nugget. Speaking at Super Bowl media day, Schneider told reporters that Seahawks director of college scouting Scott Fitterer has interviewed with the Eagles. According to a tweet from the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane, Schneider also said that Fitterer would be remaining in Seattle.

That is consistent with the impression left by a knowledgeable NFL source. He said several potential candidates he knew were not interested in the Eagles’ opening because of the situation. Kelly was given final say on personnel decisions in the restructuring that followed the Eagles' 10-6 season. But former general manager Howie Roseman was nudged aside and remains employed by the Eagles.

What role would Roseman play? If Kelly decides to bolt the NFL for a college opening, as often speculated, would Roseman regain his GM duties? What would happen to the personnel executive then?

For candidates with similar jobs or with even more authority, that makes for a less-than-attractive situation with the Eagles.

This week, reports identified Chris Polian, currently with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Miami Dolphins exec Chris Grier as candidates for the job. Both are second-generation NFL personnel men. Polian is the son of longtime executive Bill Polian and Grier’s father, Bobby, works for the Houston Texans. Bobby Grier was a longtime personnel man for the New England Patriots.

Sheldon White, the Detroit Lions’ vice president of player personnel, has also been identified as a candidate.

Kelly spent last week in Mobile, Ala., for Senior Bowl practices. There was plenty of opportunity for Kelly to meet there with personnel people from around the league. With the Super Bowl a few days away and the scouting combine in February, there is a ticking clock on filling a vital personnel job.
PHILADELPHIA -- The collaboration between Pro Football Focus and ESPN’s NFL Nation provided some interesting insight into the league by identifying how many above-average players each team was from competing in the Super Bowl this year.

The Philadelphia Eagles were two players away, according to the formula devised by PFF. Look a little deeper, though, and it seems clear the Eagles would be helped enormously if one of those two players could be a quarterback.

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Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez, who each played half the season, were ranked as Average players based on PFF’s grades. Obtaining an Elite or Good quarterback would be one way to address the issue. Having Foles return and play at a higher level -- as he did in 2013 -- would be another way.

The Dallas Cowboys finished at the top of the list, in need of exactly zero above-average players to reach Super Bowl levels. The Cowboys had four players rated as Elite and eight more rated as Good. Quarterback Tony Romo was among the Good players. The Elite group included a running back, a wide receiver, a tight end, and a center.

That makes almost half of a starting offense if you include Romo. Having one unit play at that level seems to be a formula for success. The Green Bay Packers had six Elite players. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was one. The others: two wide receivers, two offensive linemen and a running back.

When you get to the Eagles, with their three Elite players, you see the contrast. Left tackle Jason Peters and left guard Evan Mathis were rated as Elite. So was outside linebacker Brandon Graham. That gives the Eagles one heck of a left side of an offensive line and a pretty darn good part-time pass-rusher. But the Eagles lacked the concentration of offensive talent that the Cowboys and Packers had.

Clearly, the quarterback helps. It is very likely that Dez Bryant and Jason Witten were Elite at least partly because Romo was so adept at getting them the football. And it’s no accident that two of Rodgers’ receivers, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, earned Elite grades along with their Elite quarterback.

Baltimore and Denver were also listed as being two players away from the Super Bowl. Their quarterbacks, Joe Flacco and Peyton Manning, graded out as Average players, according to PFF’s metrics. It’s safe to say, though, that whatever their particular flaws in any given game or season, Flacco and Manning are proven quarterbacks able to raise the level of teammates’ play.

Foles was able to do that in 2013. Playing behind a banged-up offensive line in 2014, Foles was not able to perform at that level. Eventually, Foles was injured playing behind that line. That gave Sanchez a chance to play, and he proved to be the same guy he had been with the New York Jets for the past few years.

Can Foles get back to his 2013 level of play? Can the Eagles find a way to get Marcus Mariota or some other superior talent to replace him? Either way, above-average quarterback play would go a long way toward closing that gap between the Eagles and a Super Bowl.
PHILADELPHIA -- The 2014 season was a strange one for the Philadelphia Eagles. It started with such promise and peaked with a big victory in Dallas. But a three-game losing streak brought the Eagles crashing down, out of the playoff picture.

Let’s take a look at 10 moments that shaped the season for the Eagles. Here’s No. 2: The Line Crashes Hard Against Washington.

Veteran Eagles offensive lineman Todd Herremans said the team always prepares for “the worst-case scenario.” The Eagles came pretty close to experiencing just that in their game against Washington.

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Right tackle Lane Johnson was still serving his PED suspension. Left tackle Jason Peters got ejected for a retaliatory hit on Washington’s Chris Baker. Center Jason Kelce went down with a sports hernia during the game. Left guard Evan Mathis was missing after spraining his knee in the season opener. Herremans had slid over from right guard to right tackle.

The line that had stayed remarkably healthy in 2013 – helping LeSean McCoy lead the NFL in rushing while Nick Foles had a terrific season – was in tatters. The Eagles’ running game was ineffective, gaining just 54 yards on 25 carries. Foles took a lot of hits, but he just kept getting up. He just kept firing, completing 27 of 41 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns.

“He’s a tough sucker,” Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said. “He got hit a lot today. He just stood in there.”

Foles grabbed his right shoulder after one hit. Backup quarterback Mark Sanchez put his helmet on, prepared to go in. But Foles stayed in the game. His shoulder would be bothering him for the next several weeks. But he hung in there, leading the Eagles to a 37-34 victory.

“My teammates are fighting for me, so I’m not going to stay down,” Foles said after the game. “I’m going to get up for those guys. That’s my mindset. It’s not a pride thing where I have to be a tough guy. I know those guys are depending on me, so I’m going to get up and keep fighting for them.”

Foles delivered against Washington, but the bill would come due soon.
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PHILADELPHIA -- Any speculation about the Philadelphia Eagles' offseason plans must be tempered by the Chip Kelly element. Kelly said during the season that he doesn’t leak information to reporters, so everything reported about his thinking must be considered secondhand.

That said, if Kelly does try to make a move to obtain Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota in the NFL draft, at some point he will have to talk to other teams. And once that happens, there will be firsthand information out there. It’s a little early for that process to begin.

Example: A report by NJ.com this week said that several teams, including the St. Louis Rams, might be interested if the Eagles decide to trade quarterback Nick Foles. That report could be accurate without Kelly saying a word to anyone. The Eagles presumably would be interested if the Green Bay Packers decide to trade Aaron Rodgers, but that doesn’t mean Rodgers is going anywhere.

There is some interesting fodder in the idea of the Eagles using Foles to move up in the draft. St. Louis holds the 10th pick in the first round. The Eagles are at 20. If they were to offer their pick plus Foles, St. Louis might consider that. They would be getting a 26-year-old starting quarterback plus the chance to fill another need with the 20th pick in the draft.

With the 10th pick, the Eagles would be in much better position to move up to the first or second spot to draft Mariota. They could package players and picks in this draft or future drafts. Tampa Bay, which has the first pick, would be more likely to be interested in a deal that would still allow them to draft in the top 10 this year. Same with Tennessee, which is holding the second pick.

There is also considerable speculation that Mariota could slide down in the draft. That speculation may be supported by word that Mariota may not throw at the scouting combine in February. He injured his throwing shoulder in the national championship game.

Teams wouldn’t likely downgrade Mariota just for not throwing at the combine. But teams with questions about his ability to make certain throws will not be able to get those questions answered. There will be other opportunities, from Oregon’s pro day to private workouts, but the combine is designed for maximum exposure to NFL scouts.

And if Mariota did slide far enough to be available with the 10th pick, the Rams would then have to weigh a trade for Foles against the chance to acquire a prospect like Mariota. Ultimately, the Eagles are at the mercy of other teams in any scenario that brings them Mariota.
Take a listen to this week's NFL Nation TV podcast as the crew breaks down the latest in "deflategate" and the lead-up to Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Host Paul Gutierrez (San Francisco 49ers reporter) and co-hosts Coley Harvey (Cincinnati Bengals reporter) and Mike Wells (Indianapolis Colts reporter) are joined by two other NFL Nation reporters to discuss the big game.

Kevin Seifert (NFL Nation writer) takes us behind the multi-step process that goes into the pregame checking of football inflation, and the impetus behind the league allowing quarterbacks to play with their own footballs. He also chats briefly about the Super Bowl's head referee, Bill Vinovich, and what we might be able to expect from his mixed crew.

Jeff Legwold (Denver Broncos reporter) shares his thoughts on covering the Super Bowl after having been in the press box of each championship game since Super Bowl XXVIII in Atlanta in 1994.

Be sure to watch NFL Nation TV live on ESPN.com this Friday at 1 p.m./10 a.m. PT as we catch up with Legwold and ESPN Insider's Mike Sando, who will fill us in on the Hall of Fame selection process that will occur this weekend.

Also, be sure to give the show's podcast a listen following each taping.

Listen to this week's podcast here.
PHILADELPHIA -- The 2014 season was a strange one for the Philadelphia Eagles. It started with such promise and peaked with a big victory in Dallas. But a three-game losing streak brought the Eagles crashing down, out of the playoff picture.

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Let’s take a look at 10 moments that shaped the season for the Eagles. Here’s No. 1: Period No. 22 in Indianapolis.

The Eagles traveled to Indianapolis for a Monday night game against Andrew Luck and the Colts. The Eagles had barely survived their season opener at home the week before, scoring 34 straight second-half points after trailing Jacksonville, 17-0, at halftime.

The Colts lost their season opener and were looking to get back on track against the Eagles. The Colts took a 17-6 lead into halftime. Midway through the third quarter, they increased their lead to 20-6. After that, the Eagles once again rallied, outscoring Indianapolis 24-7 the rest of the way.

Defensive end Fletcher Cox stripped Colts running back Trent Richardson for a fumble that was recovered by Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans. That set up a 19-yard touchdown run by Darren Sproles to tie the game at 20.

Luck’s 7-yard touchdown pass to Ahmad Bradshaw gave the Colts the lead again. The Colts were driving again when Luck’s throw to T.Y. Hilton was intercepted by Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins. The turnover gave Nick Foles a chance. Foles scrambled for a short gain. After a penalty gave the Eagles a first down at their own 43, Foles threw a screen pass to Sproles.

Sproles got good blocking and went 51 yards to the Indianapolis 6-yard line. From there, Foles found Jeremy Maclin for a game-tying touchdown.

Luck was unable to answer and the Eagles got the ball back after a three-and-out. Foles completed two passes, to Zach Ertz and Sproles, to move the Eagles into field goal range. Cody Parkey, the rookie kicker acquired in a preseason trade with the Colts, made a 36-yard field goal with just under two minutes left to play.

Sproles, the hero of the win over Jacksonville, finished with 178 yards from scrimmage. Two weeks in a row, the Eagles found ways to overcome rough starts and win games late.

“Some people were saying, `This is just like [practice] Period 22 for us,'" Jenkins said. “We practice at such a pace that when we get into these fourth quarters, guys are fresh. Guys are still full speed. This is what we train for. When we got into those situations, I don’t think the moment was too big for anybody.”

 

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Adam Vinatieri did not enjoy his first experience with narrower goalposts. At 42, though, Vinatieri is unlikely to be dealing with those goalposts for very much longer.

Eagles rookie Cody Parkey, the other kicker in Sunday night’s Pro Bowl, is at the other end of his career. Parkey made both of his point-after attempts, but admitted to being less than a fan of the new setup.

“You kick it like you normally do,” Parkey said after the game. “There’s nothing really you can do. It’s just unfortunate that they’re trying to make it harder for a lot of guys’ success in the league. Then moving extra points back, it’s definitely different and this is the first time all week we’ve gotten to kick on them. So it’s definitely different, but at the same time you just go out there and kick your ball, and a little more accuracy is definitely needed.”

Parkey made 32 of 36 field goal tries in 2014. He was a perfect 4-for-4 on attempts from 50 yards and beyond. He scored a team-record 150 points. Parkey was named to the Pro Bowl after New England’s Stephen Gostkowski withdrew because his team is in the Super Bowl.

“It’s been a lot of fun working with all of the best guys in the league,” Parkey said. “I’m really blessed and honored to be here so I’m just taking it all in. Never in a million years -- if you would have told me I was in the Pro Bowl a year ago. … But I’ve worked really hard to get here and I’m just going to continue to do so.”

Parkey and Vinatieri had to kick through goalposts that were 14 feet across, rather than the standard 18 feet, 6 inches. Extra points, normally snapped from the 2-yard line, were moved back 14 yards. Vinatieri missed two point-after attempts during the game.
Join us today at 1 p.m. ET, 10 a.m. PT, for a special ESPN NFL Nation TV Super Bowl Week Spreecast as episode No. 41 will review Deflategate and look ahead to what the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots can expect heading into Super Bowl XLIX.

Host Paul Gutierrez (San Francisco 49ers reporter) and co-hosts Coley Harvey (Cincinnati Bengals reporter) and Mike Wells (Indianapolis Colts reporter) will be joined by EPSN NFL Insider Kevin Seifert and Jeff Legwold (Denver Broncos reporter).

Seifert, who has covered the world of NFL officiating with aplomb, will break down the process of inflating and inspecting footballs and how officials are involved in the process. He’ll also give us a scouting report on the officials assigned for Sunday.

Legwold, who covered the Broncos in last year’s Super Bowl, will then give us a day-by-day breakdown of the week and how teams attempt to stay focused with so many outside distractions.

Also, the crew will discuss the Pro Football Focus project that examined how many above-average players each NFL team was from contending for this year’s Super Bowl.

Viewers are encouraged to log in and ask the panelists questions as well as contribute in the chat feature.

NFL Nation TV will have a second show this week on Friday at 1 p.m. ET, 10 a.m. PT.

When Connor Barwin tackled Darren Sproles, the Philadelphia Eagles faced a Pro Bowl conundrum they hadn’t had to worry about before.

The last time the Eagles had a defensive player in the Pro Bowl was three years ago. Defensive end Jason Babin was selected for his performance in the 2011 season. Running back LeSean McCoy and left tackle Jason Peters were also in that game, but they were all on the NFC team. There was no risk of Babin tackling McCoy, or of Peters taking Babin down with a block.

Last year, in the first Pro Bowl with a player draft to select teams, the Eagles had five representatives. But all five were offensive players, so there was no risk of one Eagle injuring another. Quarterback Nick Foles was selected offensive MVP of last year’s game.

No harm was done in Sunday night’s game. Barwin did have to tackle Sproles a couple times, but it was uneventful. Barwin even helped his Eagles teammate get back up.

Sproles was playing in his first Pro Bowl after 10 years in the NFL. He was selected as a punt returner, but also saw plenty of action at running back. Sproles caught six passes for 79 yards and carried the ball three times for 42 yards. Sproles broke off a 30-yard run in the fourth quarter to set up Matt Ryan's 1-yard pass to Jimmy Graham for the go-ahead touchdown.

Barwin also played a fair amount. So did guard Evan Mathis and center Jason Kelce. Jon Dorenbos was the long snapper for Team Irvin, the same squad as Sproles. As long snapper, Dorenbos managed to snap a lot of in-game selfies, if his Twitter profile is any measure.

Eagles rookie kicker Cody Parkey made the two extra points he attempted. Parkey was kicking through narrower goal posts. The Team Irvin kicker, Adam Vinatieri, missed an extra-point attempt.

There was less intrigue for Eagles fans without a quarterback in the game. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and running back LeSean McCoy both withdrew from the game, as well, leaving Sproles as the only Eagles player to touch the ball.

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It may not be as warm as Hawaii or have an ocean for players to frolic in, but Arizona will host this year’s Pro Bowl, marking the second time since 1980 that the game won't be played offshore.

While most of the attention this week has been paid to the deflation controversy, there have been plenty of Pro Bowl storylines in the desert leading up to the 8 p.m. ET kickoff Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium (ESPN). For the second consecutive year, the game won’t feature an AFC vs. NFC format. This year’s teams will be led by a pair of Hall of Fame wide receivers: Michael Irvin and Cris Carter.

Here are five things you need to know about this year’s Pro Bowl:

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Watt could win offensive and defensive MVPs: While there may not be an official line on whether the Houston Texans' J.J. Watt wins the defensive MVP, he is the perceived favorite. Watt may also be the most versatile player at this year’s game. He had the second-most sacks in the NFL this season with 20.5 and scored two defensive touchdowns. But he also scored three offensive touchdowns, and there’s this: Watt kicked at least one field goal during Friday’s Pro Bowl practice. He was also seen catching passes in the end zone.

Kickers will have to be more precise: One of the more significant changes at this year’s Pro Bowl will make both kickers -- the Philadelphia Eagles' Cody Parkey and the Indianapolis Colts' Adam Vinatieri -- work harder. The NFL narrowed the uprights from 18 feet wide to 14 feet wide for the game. The goal is to make extra points and field goals more challenging since kickers made about 84 percent of their field goal attempts this season. And as the NFL did during the first two weeks of the preseason, it is moving the extra point back to the 15-yard line, making it a 33-yard attempt instead of a 20-yard kick.

Pro Bowl is the NFL’s laboratory: Not only will the league experiment with the goalposts and extra points, the NFL will also implement changes for instant replay. Instead of going under the hood to review plays, the referee will watch replays on a Microsoft Surface, the same tablet teams have been using all season to review plays. The replays will be streamed to the tablet.

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QBs will see familiar WRs: Of the six quarterbacks at the Pro Bowl, four will have a teammate lining up at wide receiver or tight end on their team. The Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo will throw to Jason Witten and the Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford will have Golden Tate as one of his receivers for Team Irvin. On Team Carter, the Colts' Andrew Luck will have T.Y. Hilton, while late addition Andy Dalton of the Cincinnati Bengals will have A.J. Green. The four quarterback-receiver tandems combined for 22 touchdowns this season, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Luck and Hilton had the most with seven, followed by Dalton and Green with six, Stafford and Tate with five, and Romo and Witten with four.

Stats and facts: Of the 115 players selected for the Pro Bowl this season, 88 will play. This is the sixth consecutive season 100 or more players were chosen. ... Last year, Team Rice beat Team Sanders 22-21 with the fewest points scored by a winning Pro Bowl team since 1996. ... Members of the winning team, including coaches, earn $55,000; those on the losing team get $28,000. ... Each team has the same number of AFC and NFC players this season. ... The Denver Broncos had the most Pro Bowl selections with 11, while three teams -- the Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Minnesota Vikings -- didn’t have a selection. ... There are 36 first-time Pro Bowl selections this year. ... Five rookies will play in the game: New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr., Cowboys G Zack Martin, St. Louis Rams DT Aaron Donald, Baltimore Ravens LB C.J. Mosley and Eagles K Cody Parkey.
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PHILADELPHIA -- For Philadelphia Eagles fans, it remains an unanswerable question:

If the New England Patriots are habitual cheaters, as evidenced by the 2007 Spygate incident and the current imbroglio involving deflated footballs, what were they up to when they beat the Eagles in the Super Bowl 10 years ago?

That came to mind while reading this story about former Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney. The Panthers lost to the Patriots in the Super Bowl the year before the Eagles did (indeed, they beat the Eagles in the NFC title game to get there). That extra year hasn’t eased Hurney’s mind.

"There isn't a day that goes by since that I haven't questioned ... that there were some things done that might have been beyond the rules that may have given them a three-point advantage," Hurney said on his Charlotte radio show.

"This isn't about deflating balls. ... It's an issue of if there is a culture of cheating at the organization that most people look at as the gold standard in this league. Is there a culture of cheating and breaking the rules?"

It’s just perfect that Hurney dropped the phrase "gold standard," given its implications in Philadelphia. Ever since Eagles owner Jeff Lurie described the Eagles as the gold standard for how to run an NFL franchise, fans have used it sarcastically whenever something goes wrong with the team.

Beyond that, Lurie is friends with Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Lurie grew up in Boston and was a Patriots fan and season ticket holder. He tried to buy the Patriots in the early 1990s. Kraft won the right to buy the Patriots, and Lurie moved on to purchase the Eagles in 1994.

When asked about the Patriots in the wake of the 2007 spying scandal, Lurie and coach Andy Reid shrugged off any connection to the Eagles’ Super Bowl loss. They didn’t want to appear to be sore losers.

Hurney faces the same dilemma.

"There are people who swear to me that the Patriots taped our practice down in Houston during Super Bowl week," Hurney said. "I can't prove it. I don't know. And I hate talking like this, because I feel like a bad loser, but it just gnaws at you and this latest incident brings it back up."

If there was talk the Patriots were taping the Panthers in 2004 and proof they taped the New York Jets in 2007, it stands to reason the Patriots were taping the Eagles in 2005. They won that Super Bowl, 24-21.

The Patriots haven’t won a Super Bowl since. Of course, neither have the Eagles.
PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Eagles fans have seen competent special teams and, on occasion, comical special teams play.

In 2014, they saw sublime special teams play. The Eagles finished first in the Dallas Morning News’ annual rankings of NFL special teams.

The Morning News ranks every NFL team, from 1 to 32, in 22 kicking game-related categories. The lower the score, the better. The Eagles finished with 201.5 points, 27.5 points ahead of second-place Buffalo.

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In 2013, coach Chip Kelly’s first season, the Eagles finished 18th in the Morning News’ rankings. Kelly made improving special teams a priority last offseason. The Eagles signed free agents Chris Maragos, from Seattle, Nolan Carroll, from Miami, and Bryan Braman, from Houston. They traded for Saints' return man Darren Sproles. Late in training camp, they acquired rookie kicker Cody Parkey in a trade with Indianapolis.

All of the additions paid off.

Sproles returned two punts for touchdowns, an 82-yarder against San Francisco and a 65-yarder against Carolina. He was selected for the Pro Bowl for the first time in his 10-year career.

Parkey will also appear in the Pro Bowl after leading the NFC with 150 points. Parkey was perfect on extra points, making all 54 he attempted. He made 32 of 36 field goal tries, and was perfect from beyond 50 yards.

Sproles accounted for two of the Eagles’ NFL record-tying seven special teams touchdowns. They had two kickoffs returned for touchdowns, one by Josh Huff and one by Chris Polk. Three blocked punts were returned for touchdowns.

Three of the Eagles’ leading special teams tacklers were those free-agent acquisitions. Maragos led the team with 14 tackles, Carroll had 11, and Braman had eight. Tight end James Casey was second on the team with 13 special teams tackles. Casey and defensive end Brandon Bair each blocked two punts. Overall, the Eagles blocked six punts.

The Eagles' special teams allowed only one touchdown all season. Green Bay’s Micah Hyde returned a punt 75 yards for a score during the Packers’ 53-20 rout of the Eagles. The Packers also returned a fumble and an interception for touchdowns in that game.
TAMPA, Fla. – Since Chip Kelly recruited Marcus Mariota to Oregon, it’s only natural to connect the coach of the Philadelphia Eagles to the quarterback.

Rumors already are flying that Kelly is prepared to trade up in the draft to get Mariota. He might have to move all the way to No. 1 and the Bucs hold that pick. But I wouldn’t go predicting a trade between Philadelphia and Tampa Bay just yet.

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It’s easy to talk about a potential trade, but it would be extremely difficult to pull off. Let’s take a look at the draft trade value chart.

The No. 1 overall pick is worth 3,000 points. Philadelphia currently holds the No. 20 pick, which is worth 850 points. You can add up the value of all of Philadelphia’s picks in this draft and it still wouldn’t come close to 3,000.

The Eagles would have to make multiple moves to even get into an area where they could tempt the Bucs. Philadelphia probably would have to get at least one more first-round pick in this year’s draft and include next year’s first-round choice. Veteran players also could be part of the deal, but they usually don’t carry a lot of weight in these situations.

The Bucs would be wise to listen to any and all offers because they could get a huge bounty for the top pick. But, no matter how much Kelly wants Mariota, he might not have the resources to make it happen.

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