IF WENTZ BECOMES A STAR, EAGLES ARE GOLDEN; IF NOT ……..!

By Mary Cunningham

Let’s face facts, Eagles fans:

The Eagles gave up way too much to move up and draft quarterback Carson Wentz:

No. 8, No. 77, and No. 100 picks in this year’s draft, plus a 2017 first-round pick and a 2018 second-round pick.

The Browns won the “value” of the trade based on this year’s picks alone. Factor in the future picks and it’s a landslide. The Eagles could, of course, be right about Wentz being a franchise QB. If they are, this trade isn’t a terrible one. If they’re wrong, it’s a disaster. And considering the track record teams have of identifying good quarterback prospects (especially when trading up), it’s more likely that they’re wrong than that they’re right.

In 2013, Chip Kelly took over a team that went 4-12 and was outscored by over 10 points per game the year before. In two-plus seasons as head coach, Kelly led the Eagles to a 26-21 record, including back-to-back 10-6 campaigns in his first two years.

His quarterbacks during that time were Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez, and Sam Bradford — not exactly a murderer’s row of talent. But Kelly gave out a couple bad contracts during his first offseason as the team’s lead personnel man, and it led to his ouster. It’s possible the result turns out OK, but it’s hard to imagine a coach being able to get better results out of the roster during the past three seasons, so the process needs to be scrutinized.

Two years and $35 million for Sam Bradford. Three years and $21 million for Chase Daniel. And if the Eagles are correct in their appraisal of Wentz, neither one of them will see any playing time once the rookie is ready to step on the field and take the reins. That’s not the best use of resources.

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