Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News explores the idea of the Jets and the Eagles working out a trade that would allow Oregon QB Marcus Mariota to be reunited with his former head coach.
Mehta writes that the Jets trading their No. 6 pick to the Eagles for the right to take Mariota is the “ultimate no-brainer.”
The idea of the Eagles moving up for Mariota has come up numerous times in the past few months, and with good reason seeing as HC Chip Kelly is more than familiar with him and he would be a perfect fit in Philadelphia’s offense.
“If he’s in Chip’s system, he’ll be a problem for teams from Day One,” one personnel director said. “Mariota may be the missing piece for them. If he plays in any other system, he’s at least one year away.”
Mehta sees Eagles QB Nick Foles as the “ideal bargaining chip” in a potential trade, and including him in the deal would reduce package of draft picks it would require for the Eagles to make the move up the board to No. 6 overall.
On top of that, Mehta suggests that the Eagles would also give up their 2015 and 2016 first- and second-round selections for the right to take Mariota.
Foles will be entering the final year of his rookie contract, so the Jets would likely use the 2015 season as an evaluation year before considering a possible extension.
For the time being, he would give the Jets a quarterback who should be able to beat out Geno Smith for the starting job next year. Plus, the Jets would be stocked with draft picks in 2016, which is surely something that new GM Mike Maccagnan can appreciate given his draft and develop approach towards building the Jets.
Overall, Mehta views this a win-win for both teams.