Chip Kelly Trades Nick Foles to the Rams for Sam Bradford
The Chip Kelly makeover of the Philadelphia Eagles has hit overdrive. Not only did the Eagles decide to get rid of wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and running back LeSean McCoy, but they’ve also turned the reins over to a new starting quarterback. The Eagles announced their starting quarterback Nick Foles was traded to the Los Angeles Rams for walking infirmary Sam Bradford. That is a lot of turnover for an offensive scheme that still is unproven on the professional level. Kelly must be one hell of a salesman. Eagles owner Jeffrey Loria is going out of his way to keep Kelly happy. Let’s review other big names players on the move. Call me skeptical, from what we have seen of Kelly’s offense, it needs a mobile quarterback to work best. After two ACL tears, Bradford ain’t exactly Fran Tarkenton. Kelly is taking a HUGE risk.
NFL Moving Season
The Seattle Seahawks’ pass game just got an infusion of talent. Pro Bowl Tight End Jimmy Graham was the centerpiece of a trade with the New Orleans Saints. In return, the Saints received center Max Unger and the 31st pick in the 2015 NFL draft. In case you missed it, the Eagles traded All-Pro running back and franchise leading rusher LeSean McCoy to Buffalo for linebacker Kiko Alonso, who is coming back from knee surgery to repair a torn ACL.
The Detroit Lions acquired DT Haloti Ngata to offset the loss of Pro-Bowl DT Ndamukong Suh in free agency to the Miami Dolphins. The Lions will receive the Ravens’ 4th- and 5th-Round picks in the 2015 draft. Ngata is a great replacement for Suh with less baggage. Lastly, the New York Jets acquired wide receiver, Brandon Marshall, by sending their 7th round pick to the Bears. The Jets have made solid moves this off-season, but they still do not have a franchise quarterback under center. Sorry, but Ryan Fitzpatrick is not a long-term solution.
What exactly is Chip Kelly thinking with the Nick Foles trade for San Bradford? We’re not exactly sure. Kelly may be relying too heavily on his days at Oregon and Bradford’s Heisman Trophy-winning season at the University of Oklahoma. While Bradford has shown flashes of greatness at the NFL level, his wildly inconsistent and oft-injured. The move doesn’t make sense. But time will tell.