Sports Illustrated, among several other media outlets, recently reported that the St. Louis Rams plan to trade the second overall pick in the draft to a team looking to acquire Baylor QB Robert Griffin III.
The Rams, Dolphins, and Redskins–the usual suspects, are each mentioned as possible trade partners.
But SI also reports there is a mystery team eyeing RGIII, and that, yup, you guessed it, that mystery team is the Eagles.
Here’s the logic:
Of all the teams mentioned in this connect-the-dots RGIII puzzle, there are many ways in which the Eagles make the most sense. First and foremost on that list is the fact that Griffin’s athleticism often gets compared to Michael Vick’s, while Griffin wowed people at the combine with his maturity and understanding of the game — areas Vick struggles.
Philadelphia has pressing needs at several other spots, and it would be difficult to trade Vick and his $100 million contract. On the other hand, the Eagles have the No. 15 pick plus two second-rounders, so there might be enough ammunition to entice the Rams.
The Eagles are always creative on draft day, and they’ve been known to roll the dice in recent years, so what the hell? It’s possible, right?
But allow me for a moment to point out the obvious:
1) Andy Reid will be fired if the Eagles don’t win a playoff game. There’s no way Jeffrey Lurie can roll with Reid for another season if they fail to make some noise in the postseason.
2) The Eagles are not going to trade Michael Vick because he gives them the best chance to make said noise.
3) It would be completely counterproductive if the Eagles, a team that’s seemingly only a few tweaks away from legitimately contending in the NFC, were to mortgage their future to draft a player that won’t help them in 2012.
There’s no way that Reid, in a year when the owner publicly declared the Eagles must win, win big, and win now, will trade valuable picks that can inject talented youth along both the offensive and defensive lines, or picks that could net solutions to the team’s pressing need at inside and strong side linebacker. It’s just not going to happen.
Rumors such as this are fun to ponder on the brink of free agency, but this is simply insane. I love RGIII, but let’s move on here.