The latest Marcus Mariota doesn't involve the Eagles, but it's still a crazy one. According to ESPN writer Pat McManamon, the Cleveland Browns offered the Tennessee Titans two first round picks to move up to the No. 2 overall pick in order to draft Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.
WOW! - CLE offers two 1st-round picks to TEN for No. 2 overall selection in Draft where they would take Marcus Mariota. (via @PatMcManamon)— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) April 29, 2015
The Browns have been one of the teams rumored to be interested in Mariota. They need a quarterback despite drafting a Johnny Manziel in the first round last year and then signing Josh McCown this offseason. The Browns own selections at No. 12 and No. 19 overall so this could make sense.
#Titans source: #Browns have not made an offer for No. 2.— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) April 29, 2015
As I explained earlier, I can't help but think the Titans are behind all of these rumors. They so badly want someone to make a huge offer for their No. 2 pick. Their roster is depleted of talent and getting a team to supply them with a hoard of draft picks would greatly benefit them. Teams in pursuit of Mariota (the Eagles among them) can either succumb to the pressure or call the bluff.
Of course, I could be wrong. It won't take too long to find out.