Chip Kelly defends Bradford trade, dispels Mariota rumors
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Chip Kelly defends Bradford trade, dispels Mariota rumors
Wednesday March 11th, 2015

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."

"Let's dispel this now. I think this stuff is crazy," Kelly said, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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[daily_cut.NFL]The Eagles traded Nick Foles, who has started 18 games at quarterback for Philadelphia over the past two seasons, to the St. Louis Rams on Tuesday in exchange for Sam Bradford.

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.

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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

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