April Fools has started off with a bang this morning, as the Oakland Raiders and the NFC West are doing some serious business. According to Jay Glazer, Matt Flynn was sent from Seattle to Oakland for late-round picks in 2014 and 2015 (great move by Reggie McKenzie to not give up a pick this year). The Raiders have not stopped there, as they are reportedly working on a trade that will send Carson Palmer to the Cardinals for a mid-round selection in this year's draft. These moves come after the Bills signed Kevin Kolb on Saturday and Jason Campbell was addedto the Browns late last week.
So, what does this mean for the Eagles?
A lot actually. The way teams are adding veteran quarterbacks, either implies the league's disinterest with the top of this year's QB class or the belief that the Jaguars or Chiefs are going to select Geno Smith and/or Matt Barkley. That said, a lot of these deals are looking like short-term fixes which could be good for teams looking to take a QB early but not expose them to trial by fire.
These moves most likely mean that teams will not be as willing to trade up to acquire said QBs. If Arizona or Buffalo want Geno Smith, they will just wait it out (Arizona is likely out of the QB quest of 2013 with Palmer joining Brian Hoyer and the very unlucky Drew Stanton). These moves also impact the scope of the Top 10 picks, as Oakland (3rd), Cleveland (6th), Arizona (7th), and Buffalo (8th) have all upgraded their QB units. Oakland could certainly use a pass rusher or defensive tackle (Dion Jordan, Star Lotulelei, Sharrif Floyd), while Arizona and Buffalo could use an offensive tackle or cornerback (Dee Milliner, Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel, Lane Johnson) and be willing to trade in front of the Lions for either, moving players down the board.
These moves and their direct correlation to the Eagles will be unknown likely until the draft itself. The true impact will be determined by whether the Eagles in fact want Geno Smith or are targeting guys like Lotulelei or Jordan or an offensive tackle. If you remember, a few months back, I wrote about the logic behind draft trades. These pre-draft moves could greatly impact the draft trade market and the Eagles ability to receive compensation.
How do you think the Eagles can take advantage of a potential shift in the QB market? Do you think the team will be impacted positively or negatively with a potentially dwindling market for Geno Smith?
(Editorial Update: According to Philly's favorite punching bag, Jason La Confora, the Browns have traded Colt McCoy to the 49ers.)