According to multiple reports, the Philadelphia Eagles are still very much trying to trade up for Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota. Here's a roundup of the latest:
Jason Cole of Bleacher Report
"The sweepstakes for quarterback Marcus Mariota are in full effect as the NFL Draft approaches. Two teams have stepped out in front as the leading contenders to get Mariota if there is a trade down by Tennessee.
The first of those teams, according to multiple NFL sources, is the Philadelphia Eagles who are not only willing to trade Sam Bradford, the quarterback, their No. 20 overall pick, perhaps linebacker Mychal Kendricks AND defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. However, that may not be enough to entice Tennessee to trade out of the No. 2 spot. They would likely be looking for additionally a first round pick in 2016 so they can line up to make another move down the road.
The other move is the Cleveland Browns are also looking at trading up to the No. 2 spot and have offered the No. 19 and No. 12 pick overall in this year’s draft. However, that’s not enough for them to get into the No. 2 spot. They would likely have to give up a first round pick in 2016 so that, again, Tennessee can be in the market for a quarterback the following year.
One way or another, Tennessee wants to come out of this with a franchise quarterback who they can build the value of the team on. Because, down the road, within the next two or three years it’s expected that the Titans are going to try and sell this team. And they want to have a high-profile quarterback in place who the fans would be interested in seeing. So raising the profile of this organization is the most important issue to ownership at this point."
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk
"Yes, the Eagles are trying to move from No. 20 to No. 2. Yes, the Eagles are willing to move quarterback Sam Bradford in order to make that happen.
The key to putting the various pieces together could be the 12th overall pick, currently held by the Browns.
It would require the Eagles to strike a deal with the Browns, which would send Bradford to Cleveland and the 12th pick to Tennessee. Presumably, the Eagles would have to give up even more to Cleveland — and possibly would have to assume the contract of quarterback Johnny Manziel."
Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean
None of these reports necessarily include new information that hasn't already been reported, but they are new reports. So here you go.
Taken at face value, it seems like Chip Kelly is just really hellbent on getting Mariota. Will he succeed?