The 2015 NFL Draft can't start soon enough. The rumors flying around are wild and crazy. Here's the latest "rumor" (if you can ever call it that) from Pro Football Talk:
"As much of the trade chatter focuses on the Eagles trying to swing a deal with the Titans for the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, the Eagles also could be trying to go all the way to No. 1.
If the Titans are driving too hard of a bargain for the chance to get Marcus Mariota after the Buccaneers take Jameis Winston, the ideal Plan B could be to get Tampa to ditch its Plan A, offering a haul of players and picks in exchange for a 19-spot climb.
It’s unclear what the Eagles would offer, or what the Bucs would want. The Buccaneers could take quarterback Sam Bradford as part of the process, exchanging the many off-field questions surrounding Winston with a significant on-field question regarding Bradford’s twice-torn ACL.
For Tampa Bay, a chance to back out of the top spot could be enticing, especially if the offer gives them multiple pieces that would allow coach Lovie Smith and G.M. Jason Licht to more quickly build an entire team that fits their vision for the franchise’s offense and defense. It also gives the powers-that-be a way to avoid rolling the dice on Winston, especially if the Eagles make an offer than legitimately can be characterized as something the Bucs couldn’t refuse.
At a time when the Buccaneers want an extra first-round pick, this could be the way to make that happen — in 2015, 2016, and perhaps beyond."
I'm not sure what Florio is actually citing here. It almost seems like conjecture on his part, but apparently it's something he heard.
In any case, the trade could make some sense. There was a strange report from earlier this offseason that the Eagles and Buccaneers were once engaged in trade talks, but evidence of those talks quickly vanished.
The Eagles would seemingly want to trade above the Titans pick at No. 2 because Tennessee is driving a hard bargain. Perhaps the Bucs would be more willing to negotiate.
But for now, it appears the Bucs have their eyes set on Jameis Winston at No. 1. Tampa Bay desperately needs a quarterback.
Then again, maybe the Buccaneers are one of the teams from that report indicating the teams at the top of the 2015 NFL Draft order are interested in Sam Bradford over Mariota and Winston?
I wouldn't count on it. Via ESPN's Ed Werder:
I've twice been assured by most trusted #Bucs source that as of 45 minutes ago, they're not talking trade with #Eagles for the No. 1 pick.— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) April 30, 2015
UPDATE: But then there's this!
Unable to make deal so far with #Titans, I'm told #Eagles have inquired with #Bucs about the No. 1 pick, presumably for Marcus Mariota— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) April 30, 2015