Addressing the Wilson/Kaepernick Rumors
It’s been mentioned over the past few days that the Eagles were interested in trading for both Russell Wilson of Seattle and Colin Kaepernick of San Francisco.
They way the rumor has it, the Eagles were going to trade a second round pick to San Francisco last offseason for Nevada alum. It made sense at the time given that Alex Smith had the best season of his career, leading the 49ers to the NFC championship game at the age of 27. There was seemingly no room for Kaepernick to play. However, the Eagles backed out.
The thought was that instead of trading one of their second rounders, which were spent on Mychal Kendricks and Vinny Curry, the Eagles opted to try for Wilson in the third round. However, Seattle snatch him up in 14 spots before the Eagles drafted, which led the Birds to drafting Nick Foles.
So, what to make of all this? It’s really hard to say. Would the Eagles have a better long-term future if one of those two quarterbacks were on the squad? Absolutely. Both players fit in beautifully with Chip Kelly’s system and have long careers ahead of them.
The problem however, is that these types of scenarios where teams throw out trade feelers or targeted someone other than their pick in the draft happen all of the time. It’s the nature of the business when there’s 31 other teams involved—making it something that you can’t get too caught up in. Sometimes the details of those potential moves can be a bit muddled too (applicable here).
Be happy with what we have. Foles is a solid quarterback for being in his second season in the league and he may just end of being a quality starter for this club. Vick is also on track to have the best season of his career and is a young 33. Matt Barkley is a project with great upside.
Overall, this team has a future. So while more rumors may pop up about past dealings the best thing to do is move on.