Mark Eckel of NJ.com passed along a rumor that a three-way trade could be in the works between the Eagles, Browns, and Titans, which would allow the Eagles to move up to the No. 2 overall pick to attain Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.
Eckel notes that rumor is swirling within NFL personnel meetings that the initial trade would send the Browns’ No. 19 overall pick to the Eagles in exchange for QB Sam Bradford. The Eagles would then send DT Fletcher Cox, LB Mychal Kendricks, and the No. 19 and No. 20 draft picks to the Titans for the No. 2 slot in the draft.
Another scenario being discussed by NFL executives is the Eagles sending Bradford, Cox, Kendricks, their No. 20 pick, and possibly another pick to the Titans for the No. 2 spot.
Eckel goes on to mention how Titans HC Ken Whisenhunt is said to be “high” on Bradford, so there could be genuine interest in acquiring him to run Tennessee’s offense.
Cox and Kendricks are both entering the final year of their contract, so it isn’t outlandish to believe the Eagles could be open to trading them, especially when it is in regards to the formerly Chip Kelly coached Mariota.
Philadelphia has until May 3 to enact Cox’s fifth-year option that would pay him $8 million, while Kendricks has yet to attend the team’s voluntary workout program.
We will provide more information regarding this rumor as it becomes available.