Chip Kelly: Talk of Eagles trading up in draft for Marcus Mariota 'crazy'
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly told reporters Wednesday that rumors of his team's interest in trading up in the draft to select former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota are "crazy."
Wow. Chip Kelly: "I think Marcus is the best QB in the draft. We will never mortgage our future to go up and get someone like that."— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) March 11, 2015
Bradford, a four-year starter for the Rams, tore the ACL in his left knee midway through the 2013 season and tore it again during the preseason last year.
Foles was also injured for the majority of last season. He broke his collarbone in Week 9 and missed the final eight games of the season. Mark Sanchez replaced him and was 4-4 as a starter. Sanchez will reportedly return to the Eagles on a two-year deal.
Mariota and Florida State's Jameis Winston are widely considered the top two quarterback prospects in this year's draft class. Several teams near the top of the draft order are said to be interested in selecting a quarterback. The Eagles have the No. 20 pick in the first round.
Mariota was recruited by Kelly to play at Oregon and led the Ducks to a 12-1 record as a redshirt freshman in 2012. After that season, Kelly left to become the head coach of the Eagles.
- Dan Gartland