One of my favorite sports writers dating back to my days at Bleacher Report is Philadelphia Eagles fan Bryn Swartz, who has gone off and gotten some other writing gigs of his own. He now writes about the Eagles for RantSports.com, and he thinks that the Philadelphia Eagles could be the mystery team in the sweepstakes for Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Over the last couple of years, the Eagles have traded Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb, and re-signed Mike Vick to a monster extension. Here is what Swartz had to say about the Eagles potentially pursuing Griffin:
A recent Sports Illustrated article stated that one “team you would never expect” had acquired about trading up to select Griffin, according to an NFL source, and confirmed by Sports Illustrated’s Peter King.
The article listed the following teams as possibilities: Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Oh, and they listed the Philadelphia Eagles as well, saying “Of all the teams mentioned in this connect-the-dots RGIII puzzle, there are many ways in which the Eagles make the most sense.”
It literally gives me chills to think about it, but I agree.
I think the Eagles are the mystery team that has expressed interest in Griffin.
First, the Eagles reportedly met with Griffin last Thursday night. While the city of Philadelphia was immediately buzzing upon hearing the news, most tried to take it with a grain of salt. After all, meeting with Griffin doesn’t mean the team actually wants to draft him.
The Eagles could just be doing due diligence on Griffin, but it is interesting to think about the possibility of RG3 going to Philly to learn behind a guy of whom he is essentially a clone, only bigger and arguably more proven at this point in his career.
One of the more interesting tid-bits from this article is that Swartz doesn’t think Vick is guaranteed anything beyond 2012 despite his monster contract:
Vick will be the starting quarterback in 2012. That’s a fact.
But after 2012, I don’t know. The Eagles could cut Vick and get out of his contract. Or they could try to trade him after the season.