Chip Kelly says he tried to trade for Bradford without losing Foles

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Rams coach Jeff Fisher has said that his team only agreed to trade Sam Bradford because Nick Foles was the player the Eagles’ offered, and that the Rams thought Foles could be their franchise quarterback. That meshes with what Chip Kelly revealed at this week’s league meeting: He tried to get the Rams to trade Bradford for draft picks, and agreed to give up Foles only when Foles was what the Rams demanded.

“It went on for a couple weeks,” Kelly said, via the News Journal. “We were trying to keep Nick if we could. It was just at the last second, they wanted players. We were trying to get it done with draft picks, but it didn’t work out that way.”

Presumably, if the Rams had agreed to give up Bradford for draft picks, the Eagles would have kept Foles and let Mark Sanchez walk in free agency. Instead, the Eagles re-signed Sanchez and will have him compete with Bradford for the starting quarterback job.

Despite speculation that Bradford could be turned into a bargaining chip for a trade up in the draft to select Marcus Mariota, everything Kelly says indicates that he thinks highly of Bradford and believes Bradford can run his offense effectively. Bradford is a player Kelly wanted badly — so badly that he gave up Foles and draft picks to acquire him.

79 responses to “Chip Kelly says he tried to trade for Bradford without losing Foles

  1. Everything Chip Kelly says is the truth….until he changes his mind. Or everything he says is a lie and can’t be trusted. In either case, I’m still trying to figure out what he has on Jeff Lurie that got him complete control of an organization when he hasn’t proven a thing.

  2. That doesn’t sound like he has as much faith in Bradford as they’ve been saying. What would he do with 2 starting quarterbacks?

  3. Yeah, it’s hard making trades where you don’t give up anything. It’s good of Chip to point that out. What a genius.

  4. Wait? Isn’t talking about wanting to keep a player tampering?

    Good thing he didn’t go to the Jets…

  5. If they were to try to trade him to move up for Mariota, they would have to restructure his contract first. No one is going to take that expensive of a flyer on him to give the Eagles a quarterback they think will set them up for long term success at a much cheaper price tag.

  6. Wow. I find it hard to believe that Kelly wanted to keep Foles while acquiring Bradford.

    After all, he already had the great Mark “Butt Fumble” Sanchez on his roster.

  7. Knowing the hungry Eagle fans, if Kelly’s Dr Frankenstein experiments do not work…That fan base will eat him up…and quickly..

  8. Kelly is the only one in the league who thought Bradford was worth anything more than a 5th rd pick and he gave up a 2nd and a young promising qb. He really thinks he can flip Bradford in a deal for Mariota?

    #chipgotfleecedhard

  9. I have no dog in this race…..

    But to be completely truthful, everything Kelly has tried to do in the NFL has worked out to his favor.

    Yes he’s totally unconventional and unorthodox but isn’t that something that this league’s been needing for a while now?

    He has a vision of what football should look like at the pro level. Let’s stop bashing this guy. He’s done nothing wrong.

    Think about this:

    How amazing is it that when someone brings something different then anybody else, they are constantly attacked for it. Why do we as people always want to attack things that are different then what we are used to?

  10. He’s said so many things about so much, none of it makes sense and everything contradicts each other or it sounds like bold faced lies. I won’t listen to a word he says until draft day, and then we’ll know what’s really going on his head based on who he drafts on Day one.

  11. Eagles fans can take delight in the state of confusion that AFC fans fall into with each Eagles transaction. We’re not sure how to react when Chip trades half the roster just because some groundhog saw his shadow.
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  12. He will have no one to blame if it all crashes and burns around him. There will only be one person to blame. Of course, if it works, he’s a genius. Time will tell.

  13. I’m sure Chip Kelly has tried a lot of things, like putting feathers on the shoulder pads and changing the uniforms week-to-week to entice free agents to come play for him.

  14. If they trade for Marcus Mariota it will set this franchise back for years. This guy is going to be a bust big time. Chip just wants all his players from Oregon, why I don’t know. Philly was stupid to trade Foles for Bradford. The trade for Kiko for McCoy was ok.

  15. I week ago he was saying he wasn’t going to mortgage the future by trading picks to move up in the draft. But he tried his best to trade picks for Bradford??? I’m having a hard time understanding this guy.

  16. Sorry Chip. I don’t believe you. Just shut up and coach the team. I have faith, but please, you’re not Belichick yet, and that’s a big maybe.

  17. It must be a wonderful feeling of freedom to be able to do whatever experimenting you want to in your job, and not having to worry about totally screwing up and having everything end up in disaster – if that happens to Chip with the Eagles, he knows he can just go right back to the college ranks and immediately be hired onto a major program for millions of dollars. Sweet deal.

  18. We know now that the Browns were offering the #19 pick for Bradford. And this was after they had already signed McCown, so one has to assume that the offer would remain on the table. If they can get them to offer up the #12 pick instead, package the 12 and 20 to move up to the Titans spot and draft Mariotta, then Kelly *wouldn’t* be mortgaging the future for him.

    I still think that’s a fairly unlikely scenario and that Kelly is just going to roll with his three disappointing first round quarterbacks. Unless someone is willing to take Barclay. Then he’ll sign Tebow and have three disappointing first round quarterbacks.

  19. If I have one of those top 3 picks I’m absolutely talking to Chip right now. If I’m Tenn or Jacksonville I’d happily take Bradford, and swap 1st’s this year plus a boatload of Eagle’s future pics for the 2nd/3rd pick this year.

    Chip is ripe for a fleecing.

  20. This makes no sense, but it’s not like anything he’s done this year made sense anyways.

  21. No, I don’t believe Chip. Why would you want to keep Foles AND Bradford and what that would cost? Unless he is worried about Bradford’s injury history and Foles was an insurance policy, which would mean he lied about NOT worrying about Bradford’s glass knees. One thing I give him credit for is he is getting players that fit his system…Big Red tried to fit players into his system. This year will tell…

  22. Chip Kelly thinks Chip Kelly is the best football guy in the NFL.

    And next year at this time he’ll prove it by telling you who he didn’t draft but thought would be great.

  23. Bradford can play. He just is made out of crystal and breaks if you look at him wrong. I think he would be a wonderful backup QB, but can’t imagine a team depending on him to take them anywhere.

  24. Ill say this…

    As a die-hard Eagles fan, I too am completely dumbfounded by some of the decisions Chip has made… however… as a FAN of the team, I stand by him. After all, he IS the decision maker.

    All I can do is listen to all the tirades from the fans of every other teams, and their opinions based on a team they know nothing about and hope for the best. See, im not a fairweather fan. Im a loyal fan. YES, I know the Eagles havent won jack since 1960. YES, I know people dont like Philadelphia (which i could care less about since I live in Ohio). But one thing im sure MOST fans can agree on, is that us TRUE fans stick with our loyalty to our teams no matter what the situation. Do I cuss at them over bonehead plays? Yes. Do I get angry when they lose? ABSOLUTELY, but I dont carve up other teams, or their fans, because I’d expect them to be as passionate about their teams as I am about the Eagles.

    Having said all that, I hope to GOD that Chip ends up making a believer out of everyone, wins a championship and silences all those criticizing his decision making.

    And hey… if not? I’ll support my Eagles anyways.

    I wouldnt mind serving some humble pie though, either…

    Fly Eagles Fly!

  25. This is ridiculously absurd. Why would you want to keep your old starting quarterback if you’re trading for a new starting quarterback? If he kept both of those guys and gave up a bunch of high draft picks instead, he would be run out of town. The trade he did make was bad enough; how could you consider giving up more while keeping a guy you don’t even intend to play?

  26. steelerben says: Mar 26, 2015 12:23 PM

    We know now that the Browns were offering the #19 pick for Bradford. And this was after they had already signed McCown, so one has to assume that the offer would remain on the table. If they can get them to offer up the #12 pick instead, package the 12 and 20 to move up to the Titans spot and draft Mariotta, then Kelly *wouldn’t* be mortgaging the future for him.

    I still think that’s a fairly unlikely scenario and that Kelly is just going to roll with his three disappointing first round quarterbacks. Unless someone is willing to take Barclay. Then he’ll sign Tebow and have three disappointing first round quarterbacks.
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    Oh great. Haslam’s gonna read this and try to trade the 12, 19 and the Tennessee Titans for Bradford.

  27. “Despite speculation that Bradford could be turned into a bargaining chip for a trade up in the draft to select Marcus Mariota”

    Who exactly is seriously speculating about that? What scenario would lead a team to pass up on what will likely be a top 5 pick in exchange for Sam Bradford? They could draft Mariota and pay him rookie wages yet they’d hand him over to the Eagles and eat that huge salary Bradford is guaranteed? Even if a team was willing to trade down why wouldn’t they just demand a bunch of draft picks and tell the Eagles they can keep Bradford?

  28. I think that Bradford is without a doubt the more talented QB in this trade. If he can stay healthy, he will absolutely excel with the Eagles (and their offensive system).
    I’m not even an Eagles fan (although, thank you for McCoy!), so I’m not trying to defend Chip Kelly and the Eagles. I just think that Bradford has the talent to be an elite level QB in the NFL. I was hoping like crazy that somehow Buffalo would trade for this guy (when I heard he was possibly on the market). I felt that with him as the Bills QB, they would have been a lock for the playoffs and possibly even a deep run. If he stays healthy, the Eagles should be a scary team to play.
    I predict lots and lots of you people eating your words if Bradford plays the full season…

  29. In 2013 everyone said foles was a fluke putting up big numbers against bad teams, then he has a below average 2014 and gets hurt. Now everyone says Chip Kelly got fleeced for Bradford’?
    Have you looked at foles’ numbers outside of 2013?
    While Bradford hasn’t proved a whole lot his ceiling is much higher than Foles.

  30. crazycanuck19 says:Mar 26, 2015 1:14 PM

    Ill say this…

    As a die-hard Eagles fan, I too am completely dumbfounded by some of the decisions Chip has made… however… as a FAN of the team, I stand by him. After all, he IS the decision maker.

    All I can do is listen to all the tirades from the fans of every other teams, and their opinions based on a team they know nothing about and hope for the best. See, im not a fairweather fan. Im a loyal fan. YES, I know the Eagles havent won jack since 1960. YES, I know people dont like Philadelphia (which i could care less about since I live in Ohio). But one thing im sure MOST fans can agree on, is that us TRUE fans stick with our loyalty to our teams no matter what the situation. Do I cuss at them over bonehead plays? Yes. Do I get angry when they lose? ABSOLUTELY, but I dont carve up other teams, or their fans, because I’d expect them to be as passionate about their teams as I am about the Eagles.

    Having said all that, I hope to GOD that Chip ends up making a believer out of everyone, wins a championship and silences all those criticizing his decision making.

    And hey… if not? I’ll support my Eagles anyways.

    I wouldnt mind serving some humble pie though, either…

    Fly Eagles Fly!
    __________________________________
    One of the best posts I have seen on here. I love it. I feel the same why about my Bills as you do your Eagles. Best of luck to you and Go Bills!!!

  31. As a Rams fan, first of all I approve of this trade and have been waiting weeks when I first heard the rumor in January to finally come to close.

    From what I get out of this, Chip realized he was not going to be able to move up to select Mariota without destroying the future. He then saw an opening to give up a lot less for a player he liked back in college to come in and run his system.

    The Rams were all for trading Bradford but did not want to take back picks only as it would leave them with a hole a QB and they didn’t want to pick one in the middle of the first and we all know the free agent market was razor thin.

    This left Chip with one option, move Foles for the best QB available and focus on the draft to see if there were any remaining possibilities to move up. If not, he still had someone he felt comfortable with at QB, obviously felt that Foles was not the answer.

    The Rams obviously won the trade by clearing up cap space and getting a QB of similar caliber for a lot less $$.

    Chip continues to just keep prove he was right since he has so many doubters. As a Rams fan and many hopeful Springs hoping Bradford would stay healthy and play like he should, he is going to be in for a long season when it all plays out.

    Excited to have Foles on the team, here is to another hopeful Spring and exciting season.

  32. Even Lurie can’t figure this guy out. Trade 9 million McCoy for 13 million in (Murray and Ryan Matthews).

    As for Foles, he’s about to turn the corner and be an MVP. Sam Bradford is more rusty than an un-garaged Model T. Who’s Bradford going to throw it to? Tim Tebow? You have no receivers.

    Now he says he wanted to keep Foles? Well then keep him. Jeff Fisher going to the playoffs and the Eagles are not.

  33. Man Chip kelly is dumb. The reason the Rams wanted Foles is because he is a solid NFL QB. They have a great defense and some explosive play makers on offense. Better to take Foles than draft one and hope it works out. He’s just better than Bradford and more durable. Oh – and he’s cheaper. So they got a better QB and a draft pick. That is just based on history and there is enough on both QB’s to see the Rams got the better end of the deal.

  34. Why is he all of a sudden trying to make peace with the players he ran out of town? To suckle up to the fans? He was outed when the owner told everyone it was Chip’s doing now he’s all “no mea culpa”.

    Be a man and stand by your decisions or don’t make the (asinine) decisions to begin with.

  35. I love the people who say Chip Kelly talks to much hahahah. The guy has had 1 Press conference and 1 mandatory sit down with the media since the season ended. I wish the guy would talk more because he never talks.

  36. The problem I have with the trade is simple…the Eagles had the 3rd (or 4th?) ranked offense in the NFL run by a QB that was going to cost you $1.3M in 2015, and we trade him for a QB that has spent most of his time in rehab with a price tag of $13M. Yes, Bradford has a higher ceiling than Foles, but 1). Did we need to upgrade the offense by getting a better QB when it was the defense that blew all of those games for us, and 2). Is Bradford $11.7M better than Foles? Maybe math wasn’t Chip’s strongest class…

  37. Chip will be back in college in 3 years!! Worst trade in many years!! Mark it down Nick will be a Probowl QB many times over… Hes one of the best Young guns in the NFL.. it been a long time that a Record Setting(12x+) QB was traded like this.. Not sure it’s ever happened with A QB so young.. Maybe Drew Brees if he had records? I’ve watched every pass Nick has thrown in the last 6 years many multiple times and he’s special!!! RAMS STOLE HIM AND ST LOUIS(Or LA) are going to be very happy for a long time.. That is if he signs a longterm deal.. LOCK him down Fisher

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