By Mary Cunningham
So, after weeks and months of speculation, fueled by rumors and gossip which FastPhillySports.com and other media outlets were happy to traffic in, the Eagles had very little or no chance to move up in last night’s draft to take Marcus Mariota.
Eagles Supreme Leader Chip Kelly denied reports that the team tried to trade quarterback Sam Bradford in an attempt to get Oregon quarterback Mariota.
“We never discussed players,” Kelly told the media last night after the first round of the draft..
In addition to Bradford, there was a report that the Eagles included defensive end Fletcher Cox and cornerback Brandon Boykin in the deal. Kelly also denied that report.
“That’s false,” Kelly said.
So were they close to getting Mariota?
“It didn’t get very far,” Kelly said.
Kelly said that the Eagles talked to the Tennessee Titans for the first time on Wednesday about trading up, but he admitted he didn’t get his hopes up.
“I think Tennessee made a hell of a pick,” Kelly said of Mariota.
The idea of trading for Mariota has been one that Kelly has tried to squelch, saying in the past that he wasn’t going to mortgage the future.
“I didn’t think it was going to happen,” Kelly said, “and it didn’t happen.”