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Robert Griffin III Says Eagles Were "Very Interested"

Joe Robbins

The Eagles are getting dangerously close to the old football saying of "if you have two quarterbacks, you really don't have any."

Michael Vick at best has been average this year and while Nick Foles has shown some promise, he is still an unproven 3rd round pick. For the first time in a long time the Eagles face a major question mark at the quarterback position.

According to a rookie out of Washington, things could have been very, very different.

Speaking on a conference call today, Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III said that he did meet with the Eagles and head coach Andy Reid during the combine.

Griffin said that when the two sides met, Reid said the Eagles were "very interested" and "you never know what could happen."

Reports surfaced around the draft that the Eagles were a mystery team interested in moving up to get the quarterback out of Baylor University. At the time it didn't make much sense given the investment the Eagles made in Vick and where the Eagles were in the draft.

Looking back now, however, the rumor might have made more sense then we thought. Let's speculate.

It's clear now that Reid is not as in love with Vick as we all thought he was. The fact that the Eagles drafted a quarterback so high (3rd round) shows that both Reid and the franchise had its eyes on the future before this season even began. The rumors coming out of the NovaCare about how unhappy the Eagles are with Vick's play recognition just adds to it.

It is also clear that Reid's job is very much on the line and that his only hope now is to win with Foles. Doing that might convince Lurie to trust Reid for one more season with a quarterback he has groomed. Could Reid have known coming into the season that his best chance to stay in Philly was to build with another quarterback, rather than try to win with his current roster, and one that went 8-8 last year?

If that is the case, it makes sense that Reid was very interested in Griffin. Reid could have easily convinced Lurie to keep him around and coach Griffin.

Either way, it is interesting to think what would have been if the Eagles did move up and grab RG3 on draft day- and what the future might hold if it did.

To which I ask- would you take RG3 for the next 10 years if it also ment keeping Reid for at least another 3 years?

Follow Eliot Shorr-Parks on Twitter at @EliotShorrParks

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