We get what Cowherd is saying, but the Eagles should hit the mute button.
Certain names stir emotions, whether you’re a fan of their work or not. Skip Bayless qualifies. It’s hard to imagine that he believes everything that he says sometimes though. Stephen A Smith has made his mark over at ESPN. Who doesn’t peek over at the content that Pro Football Focus comes up with?
There’s also FOX Sports’ Colin Cowherd. He’s long been one of sports’ more controversial voices. He’s also worked the nerves of Philadelphia sports fans from time to time. Recently, while sharing his theories on the Eagles’ quarterback dilemma and one of the best players in the game, Russell Wilson, he proposed a trade idea.
You’re going to love this one. Here’s what was said, straight from the horse’s mouth.
Let’s restate the best part. Let this sink in for a few:
"If I ran the Eagles, I would give Seattle all my picks in the first round, next year’s first round as well. I’d give you four first-round picks and I’d give you a player. If you want Darius Slay, as good as he is, Seattle needs a corner, I’d give you Darius Slay, four first-round picks. Russell Wilson, I believe would dominate that division in Philadelphia forever."
So, let’s get this straight. We’re going to mortgage much of the Eagles’ future over the next four to five seasons AND give the Seahawks one of Philadelphia’s best players on defense? Um, no. We’ll pass.
There are a few things to keep in mind, and this first point is probably where much of Cowherd’s theory comes from. For years seemingly, he’s been beating this drum that states draft picks don’t matter as much to him as they might mean to some of the NFL’s general managers. After all, these teams always seem to miss on draft choices more often than they win with them.
Cowherd, like many, also believes that, if trading a pick to land a proven star improves your roster immediately, you use the draft choices as bargaining chips. After all, that’s a philosophy that the L.A. Rams have been using for several seasons, and it just paid off with them winning a Super Bowl.
We get it. A first-round draft choice probably won’t get you a quarterback that’s better than Russell Wilson in the coming NFL Draft or the next, but here’s another way to look at it (and this is the second point).
There’s another thing to think about. If you’re the Philadelphia Eagles this kind of sounds familiar, or at least it should.