Chip Kelly said at the end of last season that Fletcher Cox had been the Eagles’ most valuable player. In a sign of how badly Kelly wants to trade up in the draft, there’s now talk of the Eagles dealing their MVP.
Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that Cox is viewed as a potential trade piece for the Eagles.
Other players the Eagles have reportedly considered trading include quarterback Sam Bradford, guard Evan Mathis, cornerback Brandon Boykin and linebacker Mychal Kendricks. But Cox would probably be the biggest prize of them all: The 12th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, Cox has started all 16 games at defensive end each of the last two years and has a very affordable salary of $1.8 million this year, followed by his fifth-year salary of $7.8 million next year.
Kelly wouldn’t take trading Cox lightly, but he may just do it if it allows the Eagles to move into position to draft Marcus Mariota. The Eagles don’t have enough ammunition in draft picks alone to move up to No. 2 overall, but a package that included a player like Cox could be enough to sweeten the deal and persuade the Titans to pull the trigger.
We won’t know for sure how this is all playing out until we hear Roger Goodell call Mariota’s name tonight. But Kelly will spend the next 12 hours trying to get his quarterback. Even if he has to give up a good player in the process.