Chip Kelly never disappoints. Just when you think you know what he is planning to do with the QB position, he goes out and signs Tim Tebow. That’s right. Touchdown Jesus is back, and this time with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles, who already traded Nick Foles and a second round pick for Sam Bradford. Yes, the same Sam Bradford who is not even eligible to be the starter because he has to be cleared by his doctor.
But wait, there’s more. This is the same Sam Bradford who has not one, but two ACL surgeries, and has one year left on his rookie deal that will pay him over $13million this season. Foles, who was due to make about $650K, is never going to be the QB that fits what Kelly wants to do on offense, but he is every bit as mobile as the twice cut Bradford.
And hey, Mark Sanchez, here is another $5million for you to come back for next season.
Let’s not forget that Chipper traded up in 2013 to grab Matt Barkley.
All I know is that Eagles Fan better hope that Kelly pulls his master plan off and lands Marcus Mariota on draft day. Otherwise, there is a chance that Tim Freaking Tebow winds up being your Week 1 starter in Philly. All he has to do is outperform Mark Sanchez in the preseason, and you know the Tebow fans will come out in droves pounding sports radio and the web with their pro-Tebow nonsense.
Granted, trading Foles was not necessarily a bad move, but I do question the timing of it. Why not use Foles as a chip to move up and get Mariota? He costs about $12.5million less this year than Bradford does, and he is not coming off his second straight missed season due to knee surgery. Do not even get me started on the Eagles giving up a second round pick in the deal. So while I would certainly have traded Foles, I would not have done it in a manner like this.
Bradford, by the way, has long been rumored to just be a trading chip himself. Not to help the rumor mill too much, the Eagles have yet to offer Bradford jerseys in their stores or on their site yet. Coincidence?