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Chip Kelly's reported trade offer for Marcus Mariota utterly insane

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Chip Kelly's reported trade offer for Marcus Mariota utterly insane

Chip Kelly apparently could have done even more damage to the Eagles last offseason.

That is, unless you believe Marcus Mariota is on his way to becoming a true superstar in the NFL.

On the radio with Colin Cowherd earlier this week, Fox Sports NFL insider Peter Schrager gave the specifics of the trade offer Kelly made to the Titans to move up to the No. 2 pick in last year's draft to select Mariota.

Per Schrager, the Eagles offered the Titans their 2015 first- and second-round picks, their 2016 first-round pick, any quarterback on their roster and any defensive player on their roster in exchange for the No. 2 overall pick. (H/t to Philly Sports Network for finding the interview.) And the way Schrager stated it was not "any one defensive player," it was "anyone" on defense, which could have even meant multiple pieces.

That is utterly insane. Not that the Titans would have necessarily selected the players the Eagles took with those two picks last year, but that trade offer could have meant Sam Bradford, Fletcher Cox, Nelson Agholor, Eric Rowe and this year's first-rounder for Mariota.

So many things would have turned out differently had the Titans accepted that reported Godfather offer. For one, Kelly would almost certainly still be here because no matter how poorly things could have played out last year, it's hard to envision Jeff Lurie just one year later firing the head coach that sold the franchise for his ideal quarterback.

The Eagles' cap situation would be completely different now, too, because Bradford's and Cox's money wouldn't be there. Who knows how or where Kelly would have misspent this year's money in free agency.

Their 2016 draft position would probably be different as well. Would an Eagles team with Mariota but weaknesses in so many other places have been better than 7-9? It's not crazy to think that Eagles team would have been almost as bad as the Titans were last season and that the 2016 first-round pick included in that deal would be a Top 5 pick, making the trade look even worse.

But ... they'd have had Mariota. In this alternate universe, is there any way the Eagles would have been a better team? They'd be without one of the NFL's best defensive players in Cox and two young building blocks in Agholor and Rowe. It's obviously still too early to know whether Agholor and Rowe will live up to their draft stock. But when you add to the equation this year's first-round pick that would be lost, that's another young building block they'd be without, too. So they'd have potentially sacrificed young answers at four different positions to land their QB of the future.

At the end of the day it's nothing more than an exercise because it didn't happen. But definitely a lot to digest and analyze.

I don't even do this kind of stuff in Madden.

Doug Pederson gives great news on Carson Wentz before start of Eagles OTAs

Doug Pederson gives great news on Carson Wentz before start of Eagles OTAs

Eagles fans can breathe a sigh of relief after finding out Carson Wentz's status for OTAs this week.

Carson Wentz' health was the first question asked to head coach Doug Pederson before the Eagles' first day of OTAs. Pederson told the Philadelphia media, “I’m not going to hold him back.” Wentz has been recovering since December from a stress fracture in his back.

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15 months after surgery, Eagles WR Mack Hollins still can't practice

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Fifteen months later, Mack Hollins is still hurt.

Hollins, the Eagles’ fourth-round draft pick in 2017, won’t be participating in OTAs for the time being as he continues to rehab following sports hernia surgery 15 months ago.

Head coach Doug Pederson made the surprising revelation that Hollins is still not healthy enough to practice Tuesday morning when he met with the media prior to the Eagles’ first OTA session of the spring.

This has been a bizarre ordeal for the promising wide receiver from North Carolina, who played in all 16 games as a rookie during the 2017 Super Bowl season.

Hollins initally underwent surgery in February of 2018, soon after the Super Bowl, and in the locker room the Monday before last year’s season opener he pronounced himself healthy and ready to play against the Falcons. 

Two days later, Pederson said Hollins had experienced a “minor setback,” would miss the Falcons game and then be further evaluated. But he wound up going on Injured Reserve and missed the entire season, eventually undergoing a second surgery at some point.

Hollins caught 16 passes for 226 yards and a 64-yard touchdown from Carson Wentz against the Redskins as a rookie in 2017. He added one nine-yard catch in the postseason. He also played 231 special teams snaps during the regular season and emerged as one of the Eagles’ best special teamer.

With the Eagles bringing back DeSean Jackson and returning Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor and drafting J.J. Arcega-Whiteside in the second round, and adding prospects like DeAndre Thompkins and Charles Johnson, there is a lot of competition at wide receiver, and Hollins’ spot on the team is certainly not guaranteed. Guys like Braxton Miller, Greg Ward and Shelton Gibson are also in camp.

Pederson did not indicate when Hollins might return to action.

“I’m encouraged by his progress right now,” he said.

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