The NFL trade deadline typically isn't a very busy time of the year. Last season there was only one deal made on deadline day: the Philadelphia Eagles traded veteran nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga and a 6th round 2014 NFL draft pick to New England in exchange for a 5th round pick. It wouldn't be a surprise to see a quiet deadline yet again.
Despite this, ESPN has come up with a series of (self-admitted) unlikely and explosive NFL trade proposals. One of those deals features the Eagles, if you're interested in checking it out. Here's what ESPN's Greg Garber proposed:
Raiders receive: RB LeSean McCoy, OLB Brandon Graham, 2nd round pick (2015), 5th round pick (2015)
Eagles receive: 1st round pick (2015)
The thinking here is the Oakland's pick will be No. 1 overall, since the team looks bad and is winless through their first six games (0-6). The Eagles could then use that pick to draft Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota and reunite him with his former head coach, Chip Kelly.
But it's obviously a ridiculous trade for a number of reasons. The Eagles are 5-1 and they're not looking to trade away players who can help them win now. Plus, what if the Raiders actually win a few games and drop to pick No. 5 or so? It's just not realistic at all, and ESPN even admitted that.
In any case, there are sure to be plenty of Mariota "rumors" to the Eagles as long as the future of current Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles continues to look uncertain. Foles is eligible for a contract extension after the 2014 season but it's far from a guarantee that Philadelphia will make an offer given his shaky play this season. Mariota will likely be out of reach by the time the Eagles are on the clock in the first round but that won't stop people from linking Kelly's college quarterback to him.