By Peter Gleason
Eagles Nation is holding its collective breath.
Will Eagles Supreme Leader Chip Kelly be able to talk the Tennessee Titans into trading their No. 2 pick in tonight’s NFL draft so Kelly can finally get Marcus Mariota to play for the Birds?
Or will the Titans, who do not seem to want the former Oregon QB very much, toy with Kelly all day today until NFL commish Roger Goodell steps to the podium at 8 o’clock tonight to start the draft?
Kelly has re-made the team over the past four months in his image, starting with Howie Boy Roseman’s departure from the personnel scene.
Then there was the trade of quarterback Nick Foles, who he never wanted. The trade of running back LeSean McCoy, who he put up with for two years. The release of veteran starters Cary Williams, Todd Herremans and Trent Cole. The decision to let wide receiver Jeremy Maclin leave as a free agent.
Then the additions: linebacker Kiko Alonso, running backs DeMarco Murray and Ryan Matthews, cornerbacks Byron Maxwell and Walter Thurmond, personnel man Ed Marynowitz.
And quarterback Sam Bradford, who has become easy to forget about. That’s the one that makes you really wonder.
Bradford, since his opening press conference, has, as NJ.com’s Mark Eckel wrote today, been put in the Eagles’ witness protection program.
They’re not selling his jersey in the team store. Yes, you can get it online, but you can get anything online. He hasn’t done any interviews since his introductory press conference. He’s not featured on any of the team’s TV or radio ads.
People around the league have noticed it too.
Tonight when Kelly is negotiating a deal with the Titans, or the Jacksonville Jaguars, or maybe even the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he’s not going to back down until he gets his man.
Hold onto your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!