Rating the Rumor: Eagles call Colts about RB Frank Gore

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Rating the Rumor: Eagles call Colts about RB Frank Gore

For the second time in as many days, the Eagles are rumored to have interest in a potential trade for a future Hall of Famer. This time, it's Colts running back Frank Gore.

In what has already been one of the most active NFL trade deadlines ever, the 7-1 Eagles certainly could be one of the teams trying to make a splash. Running back is also a position where the club could conceivably add, while Gore is exactly the type of high-character addition the locker room would embrace.

Stephen Holder for The Indianapolis Star reports the Colts have been in discussions with at least two teams regarding Gore's availability. And while a deal is described as "far from a sure thing," a trade would certainly make sense. Gore is 34 and in the final year of his contract, and the Colts' season is circling the drain.

For the Eagles' part, several members of the media have speculated they would have interest. Yet it is Kyle Scott of the blog Crossing Broad who learned from a source the Eagles were in fact one of the teams to make the call. This is not a traditional news-breaking outlet, so make of Scott's report what you will.

Regardless, the Eagles acquiring Gore is not the worst idea in the world.

It's doable, for starters. So often, you hear rumblings about a player, and wonder how in the world the Eagles could afford it. In Gore's case, the remaining half of his $3.5 million salary for 2017 would fit under the cap, and the Colts couldn't reasonably be asking for more than a late-round draft pick in return.

The Eagles have some level of need at running back as well, even if it doesn't seem dire. LeGarrette Blount is still running hard, but doesn't play in passing situations. Wendell Smallwood can't stay healthy and was not part of the game plan against the 49ers. None of them has proven to be solid in pass protection.

Gore clearly isn't in his prime, yet still managed to eclipse 1,000 yards for the ninth time last season. Plus, he's effective both as a receiver out of the backfield or in protection.

Is there a role for a 13-year veteran with a complete skill set in an Eagles backfield that's crowded but lacking elite talent? You bet there could be.

Can a deal be worked out before the 4 p.m. deadline on Tuesday? There's no reason why not.

And as Holder points out, the Colts could be in firesale mode. The team is 2-6, and quarterback Andrew Luck isn't returning from a shoulder injury anytime soon. That doesn't mean they should dump T.Y. Hilton, but there is absolutely zero incentive to hang on to Gore at this point.

The bigger question might be what kind of competition the Eagles are facing to acquire Gore's services, and not so much whether the Colts will move him.

Rating the Rumor: It would be hard to argue against.

Watch Eagles roast Jay Ajayi after 71-yard run for getting caught


Watch Eagles roast Jay Ajayi after 71-yard run for getting caught

It's not everyday you see an Eagles player take the ball and run for 71 yards. So Philadelphia fans understandably went bonkers when Jay Ajayi did just that in the Birds' win over the Cowboys on Sunday.

It's also not that frequent that you see a dude get chased down from behind on such a play.

Sadly, the latter happened to Ajayi and his teammates let him hear it on the sidelines after. The fantastic Inside the NFL gave us an up-close look at the roasting.

You almost feel bad for Ajayi, like Kenjon Barner is laying it on a little too thick.

"You slow as $#@!," one player tells him.

"They're gonna lower my speed on Madden," Ajayi says.

Chip Kelly is going back where he belongs

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Chip Kelly is going back where he belongs

After spending the year out of football, former Eagles coach Chip Kelly is returning to the sideline — and might be aligning with ex-Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman in the process.

According to reports, Kelly is expected to accept a head coaching job at one of two college football programs. The decision is down to Florida and UCLA, and he is rumored to have already turned away other high-profile programs such as Nebraska and Tennessee.

UCLA may be Kelly's most likely landing spot at this point, with alumnus Aikman putting on a "full-court press," says ESPN's Mark Schlabach, and Florida supposedly wanting an answer ASAP.

Wherever Kelly winds up going, that should end his unsuccessful foray into the NFL once and for all. Consider this an obituary of sorts.

The move will cement Kelly as a "college coach," if his pro tenure hadn't accomplished that already. After guiding the Eagles to the playoffs and being named Coach of the Year in his first season, he missed the postseason the next two years and was fired. Kelly got the hook again after one miserable season with the 49ers, bottoming out with a 2-14 record.

There are no shortage of excuses for why Kelly flamed out in the NFL. Lack of talent — specifically under center — was certainly a factor, though his failed stint as the chief talent evaluator in his final season with the Eagles certainly contributed to that.

The simple truth is not everything that works in college translates at the next level, and Kelly never adjusted.

Kelly only turns 54 this week, so a return to the professional ranks years down the road isn't completely out of the question. After his last two trainwreck seasons in the league, it's difficult to imagine what an organization would still see.

Employing schemes that aren't suited to the team's personnel, calling the same 10 to 15 plays every game, eliminating the quarterback's ability to call an audible or even something as small as never using a snap count may work at university. Those concepts are fundamentally opposed to what has been successful in the NFL.

Honestly, it's kind of too bad. The Eagles could use that easy W on the schedule periodically.

Perhaps the Eagles should just be grateful to have survived Kelly's radical changes without overhauling the entire roster again, and somehow coming out better off for everything. After releasing DeSean Jackson, trading away LeSean McCoy, trading for Sam Bradford, and spending huge sums of money on the likes of DeMarco Murray and Byron Maxwell -- to name a few, and all in the span of a year -- the franchise easily could've wound up in the tank.

There's no denying Kelly looked like a genius while at Oregon, racking up 46-7 record and three top-five finishes in four seasons as head coach. Yet like so many college coaches before him, and many bound to come after, he was never destined for sustained success in the NFL.