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Chip Kelly says Eagles won't trade up for Marcus Mariota, but is he telling the truth?

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No, the Philadelphia Eagles are not going to trading all of their draft picks for Marcus Mariota. At least that's what head coach Chip Kelly had to say in a surprise media appearance on Wednesday. Via Birds 24/7:

"Let’s dispel that right now. I think that stuff is crazy. You guys have been going with that stuff all along. I think Marcus is the best quarterback in the draft. We will never mortgage our future to go all the way up to go get somebody like that because we have too many other holes that we’re going to take care of."

As noted earlier, Kelly went on to say that Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez will be the team's quarterbacks in 2015. He specifically said the team is not using Bradford as a trade chip. (Kelly would jokingly add that he is the only Chip at the Eagle facility.)

But is he telling the the truth? It seems odd that Kelly would directly mention that the Eagles were being offered a first round pick for Bradford on Wednesday morning. Is he potentially trying to drive up the price? Is the hope of Mariota still alive? While it might not be looking likely, some aren't ready to rule it out:

Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice, who reported that the Eagles are going to make a strong play for Mariota, also tweeted this on Wednesday morning:

Multiple reporters confirmed:

And then noted this during the press conference:

Again, Kelly is the guy who would intentionally put walking boots on healthy players while at Oregon in order to confuse the media. Kelly is also the guy who said Nick Foles would be the Eagles starting quarterback for the next "1,000 years."

Mariota to the Eagles might not happen. But it still seems to early to entirely rule out the possibility.

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