Everyone, Jalen Hurts included, knows why the Eagles secured that first-rounder in 2023.
Again, we’ll be talking about this one from now until the NFL Draft rolls around in 2023. On April 4th, the Eagles agreed to trade the 15th, 19th, and 194th selection in the 2022 NFL Draft to the New Orleans Saints. In return, they acquired the 18th, 101st, and 237th selections in the 2022 draft along with a first-rounder in 2023 and a second-rounder in 2024.
Come on. We know why they traded for the first-round pick next year, don’t we?
Birds fans are frustrated, and rightfully so. Last year, despite making the playoffs, Philly treated the regular season as a setup for this offseason. This was when they were supposed to get better.
Now, everyone’s supposed to be patient and accept the fact that, the organization has made a decision to, again, treat 2022 as a year-long exhibition. They’re just going to see what happens and gear up for a rebuild in 2023. They just keep kicking the can down the alleyway.
So, unfortunately, here’s where we are. Stop us if this sounds familiar. The entire regular season figures to be an 18-week, 17-game audition for Jalen Hurts. If he wins the job, good for him. If not, the Birds have set themselves up to, possibly, get their quarterback 12 months from now. That is if they don’t draft that quarterback at some point during the 2022 NFL Draft.
It doesn’t sound like fun, does it? That’s because it won’t be. This team has accepted mediocrity. Like it or not, your beloved Birds will be spinning their wheels and digging a deeper hole that they probably still won’t be able to climb out of, and in the end, Jalen Hurts figures to suffer the most for that decision.