The Philadelphia Eagles are one of a few NFL teams expected to be interested in Robert Griffin III this offseason, according to a report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport. Via NFL.com:
Per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, that list includes the Eagles, the Cowboys, the Texans and the Saints, or wherever current Saints head coach Sean Payton lands. Assuming Washington takes trade calls, or simply wiggles out of his 2016 option -- which is guaranteed for injury only -- and releases him, Griffin will escape a toxic situation and start his career over again.
The Eagles make perfect sense. Head coach Chip Kelly will tell anyone listening that the only way to get a top-tier quarterback outside of the draft in this league is to capitalize on an injury and move in. It's what he did with Sam Bradford this season in an experiment that has yet to completely play out. It's what Payton did with Brees and the Broncos did with Peyton Manning. Griffin's movement skills would also bring a little more liveliness to Kelly's offense. His injury history would be less concerning than Bradford's, though not by much.
Griffin is currently scheduled to make $16.1 million in 2016, but that entire figure is only guaranteed for injury. So Washington is likely to cut Griffin, making him a free agent to sign with any team. Washington appears to be moving forward with Kirk Cousins at quarterback.
The Eagles are going to be in the market for a quarterback this offseason with Sam Bradford scheduled to be a free agent. Chip Kelly hinted that the Eagles want to work out a long-term deal with Bradford, so it's expected Philadelphia will try to re-sign him. Still, that shouldn't stop the Eagles from taking a flyer on a reclamation project like Griffin. There's no need for the Eagles to put all of their eggs in the Bradford basket.
This isn't the first time the Eagles have been connected to Griffin. A report from Mike Freeman back in September suggested the Eagles could be interested in the former No. 2 overall pick. It'll be interesting to see if there's any truth to these rumors.
(Hat tip to @LibertarianNJ on the heads up.)