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Drafting Jalen Hurts was a 'stupid pick' by the Eagles, Philly beat reporter Dave Zangaro says

Drafting Jalen Hurts was a 'stupid pick' by the Eagles, Philly beat reporter Dave Zangaro says

One of the most surprising moves of the 2020 NFL Draft was when the Philadelphia Eagles selected Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts with the 53rd overall pick.

Where Hurts was selected -- the middle of the second round -- was not shocking, as the passer was expected to come off the board around that time. Rather, it was the fact that Philly was the team to draft Hurts, especially with Carson Wentz just 27 years old and under contract for five more seasons.

In a recent interview with the Redskins Talk podcast, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Dave Zangaro expressed his opinion on the Eagles' selection, and it wasn't a fond one.

"The Jalen Hurts thing was strange," he said. "To get my opinion out there, I think it was a stupid pick."

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The thinking behind the selection is simple: the Eagles wanted an upgrade at backup quarterback. Whether it's fair or not, Wentz has developed the reputation of being an injury-prone player, even though he's missed just eight regular-season games over his four-year career.

Wentz played all 16 games for the Eagles in 2019, just the second time he's played a full season. During Philadelphia's Wild Card matchup with the Seahawks, Wentz was forced to leave early with a concussion and would not return. Additionally, both his 2017 and 2018 seasons ended with trips to the Injured Reserve list, too.

Despite the Eagles' injury concerns with Wentz, using a mid-second round pick on a player that in the best-case scenario likely won't even see the field didn't make sense to Zangaro.

"They had the chance with the 53rd pick in the draft to go out and get a guy to help them win a Super Bowl, which is what they should be trying to do right now with a 27-year-old franchise quarterback," he said. "Instead, they went with an insurance policy.

"I understand the idea of wanting insurance," Zangaro continued. "But there was a very poignant question asked to [Eagles GM] Howie Roseman after the pick, and it was 'What's the best-case scenario with Jalen Hurts?' If you ever need him to play, it's because your franchise quarterback got hurt."

Roseman's response was that the Eagles plan to build a "quarterback factory," and if Hurts becomes a solid prospect, the Eagles could eventually flip him in a trade.

To Zangaro, that thinking doesn't add up. If the Eagles wanted to trade current backup QB Nate Sudfeld, they'd get a late-round pick in return at best. Philly's fifth-round pick from a year ago, Clayton Thorson, didn't even make the roster last season.

Also, if the Eagles were to trade Hurts in the future, it's worth wondering if the value in return for the passer would even come close to the value of the second-round pick they used to draft the quarterback in the first place.

"Say Hurts becomes a good prospect and they have an asset they want to trade, were they ever going to get more than the 53rd pick for him?" Zangaro asked. "No way."

Drafting Hurts shows the organization doesn't believe that their current franchise quarterback can stay healthy, according to Zangaro. Sure, that thinking may be fair, but Zangaro believes if that's the rationale behind the selection, they should come out and say it, rather than making other excuses for the pick.

"They tried to explain it, and they're putting a lot of stock into that position," he said. "That's their go-to line. But to me, it kind of shows a lack of confidence that their quarterback can stay healthy. Which is fair, but come out and say it."

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These well-known Redskins fans would be very interesting minority stakeholders

These well-known Redskins fans would be very interesting minority stakeholders

The Redskins' three minority owners, who reportedly make up about 40-percent of the team's ownership group, are actively trying to sell their stakes in the club.

Now, if those three do in fact move on — which may prove difficult — there are plenty of well-known Washington fans who could prove to be interesting replacements, even if they purchase just a small slice of what the trio is looking to pass on. 

Check out the list below for a handful of the more eye-catching names that would absolutely draw headlines. 

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

One of NASCAR's most popular drivers of all time is now working as an analyst for NBC. He's been a fan since he was nine years old and has a positive relationship with Dan Snyder. Plus, he's already used to pressure-packed Sundays.

Matthew McConaughey

Here's another mega-celebrity and lifelong fan of the Burgundy and Gold who's also a personal friend of Snyder's. Perhaps he'd like to add some football hardware to his already crowded trophy case.

Kevin Durant

Durant is one of the best ballers in the world, and with how enormous NBA contracts are as well as all the endorsements he's picked up along the way, you have to figure he has some spare cash to put toward the Redskins if he wanted to.

Plus, becoming a part owner of an NFL team would be something he could hold over his enemies like Draymond Green and Kendrick Perkins.

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Wale

The famous rapper just hosted some of the Redskins' virtual programming during the 2020 Draft, and he's tight with QB Dwayne Haskins. He could be next in the long line of artists/musicians who've dabbled in sports ownership.

Taraji P. Henson

The Hidden Figures and Empire actress' father once worked as a janitor for Washington, and she's been a supporter of the squad for quite a while. Buying into them could be a nice thing to add to her real-life empire.

Joe Gibbs

Gibbs isn't exactly a current pop culture icon like any of the names above, but he is a DC icon and it'd be foolish to exclude him from a list like this. Snyder has understandably revered Gibbs for essentially his whole life and confided in him often in the past.

If Gibbs wanted to become involved with the Redskins again, you have to believe Snyder would be thrilled.  

Alexis Ohanian

Ohanian, who co-founded Reddit and sold it back in 2006, has been devoted to the Redskins since the late '80s. He's attended plenty of contests in his fan career. So, why not make the transition from the stadium seats to the owner's box?

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Reports: Redskins' three minority owners attempting to sell their stakes in the franchise

Reports: Redskins' three minority owners attempting to sell their stakes in the franchise

The three minority owners of the Washington Redskins -- Frederick Smith, Robert Rothman, and Dwight Schar -- are trying to sell their stake in the team, according to a report from the Washington Post on Sunday night. Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio first reported Sunday afternoon that Smith and Schar wanted to sell.

The three men have reportedly hired a banking firm to help the search for potential buyers, but according to Florio they have not had much luck. The trio is "not happy being a partner" to Redskins majority owner Dan Snyder, according to the Post.

Smith, Rothman and Schar are Washington's lone minority partners and make up about 40-percent of the franchise's ownership group, according to the Post. The three minority owners are the only members of Washington's ownership group outside of Snyder, along with his sister and his mother.

Smith is the CEO and founder of FedEx, one of Washington's largest corporate sponsors. FedEx currently holds the naming rights to Washington's home stadium, FedEx Field, through 2025. The stadium lease expires in 2027.  

This past Thursday, FedEx became one of the first major corporate sponsors of the Redskins to publicly place pressure on the franchise to change its name. Other companies such as Nike, which removed all Redskins' products from its website, along with Bank of America and PepsiCo followed shortly after.

In response, the Redskins released a statement on Friday that the team is undergoing a "thorough review" of the team's name. All signs point toward an inevitable change. New head coach Ron Rivera has said that he hopes the name is changed prior to the 2020 season, which begins in September.

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