The Philadelphia Eagles aren't the only team with a new head coach. As you may have heard, the San Francisco 49ers hired Chip Kelly. Shortly after Kelly was hired, a lot of people joked about how the 49ers don't have a lot of talent for him to cut. While that's somewhat true, it's worth noting Kelly isn't going to have the power in San Francisco that he had in Philadelphia. Trent Baalke is still the general manager of the 49ers.
Kelly and his ally senior personnel executive Tom Gamble might have some kind of influence over the 49ers' personnel decisions, though. Kelly often relies on familiarity so you can bet he's going to push for some of "his" players. With that in mind, let's take a look at five current Eagles players who could end up in San Francisco.
Eagles fans would love to see Kelly take Cooper with him to San Francisco. The much-maligned starting receiver cashed in on his one good year with Kelly in 2013 and has done nothing much since. Despite his ineffectiveness, Kelly still played Cooper in a large role. The former Eagles coach loves receivers who can block so Cooper is a perfect fit for him out west. It's also worth noting Kelly hired Bob Bicknell to be his wide receiver coach and maybe he loves Cooper too. I doubt the 49ers would give up anything of value for Cooper, but he could end up signing there if/when the Eagles cut him to save $2.4 million this offseason.
Or maybe Cooper will actually stick in Philadelphia considering Howie Roseman, a fellow Florida alumnus, was still the general manager when Cooper received his contract extension. Uh oh ...
Sam Bradford and/or Mark Sanchez
A lot of people seem to think Kelly wants to work with Colin Kaepernick, but I'm not so sure. I doubt Kelly would have the patience for a rookie, especially when he could bring in a quarterback or two who already have experience in his scheme. Kelly cleared showed interest in Bradford by trading for him and then saying he wanted the Eagles to re-sign him after the 2015 season. The Eagles could try to tag and trade Bradford. It might work out that Bradford wants to leave in free agency to sign with Kelly, though that won't be cheap for the 49ers (or any team). A more cost-effective trade option for the 49ers is Sanchez. Kelly signed him twice so it's clear he likes the former USC star.
The whole Duck Bias thing is an easy target for an article like this. Kelly obviously thinks highly of his former linebacker having traded away LeSean McCoy to get him last season. Alonso showed a lot of potential as a rookie in 2013 but he mostly looked terrible in 2015. He might not have been fully healthy. The Eagles already have some linebacker depth with Jordan Hicks coming back and Mychal Kendricks still under contract, so Alonso could be shipped out for a draft pick.
Another former Oregon player who has been a disappointment for the Eagles. Kelly had once promised Huff he was going to select him in the NFL Draft. The Eagles passed over the likes of Martavis Bryant and John Brown to get him. In two seasons with the Eagles, Huff has 35 receptions for 410 yards and three touchdowns. He's flashed big play ability at times but he just hasn't been good enough on a consistent basis. Maybe the 49ers would be interested, especially with Anquan Boldin set to be a free agent.
Hart played for Oregon and Kelly reportedly wanted to take him as high as the third round in the 2014 NFL Draft. Instead the Eagles got him in the fifth. Hart spent his entire rookie season inactive. He was given a spot in the defensive end rotation in 2015 but he didn't really stand out. Hart seems best suited for Kelly's two-gap 3-4 defense. He might not be a great fit for the 4-3 defense the Eagles are likely to use under Jim Schwartz. Hart would be available for a late round draft pick.