The Philadelphia Eagles finally ended all of the quarterback questions surrounding their organization last season, and you can bet they don’t want those questions to be asked again. Nick Foles cemented himself as the permanent starter in the City of Brotherly Love, which is why Michael Vick is now with the New York Jets. So why there’s a rumor going around that Philly is interested in taking Johnny Manziel in the 2014 NFL Draft is beyond us.
First of all, let’s squash the backup quarterback talk because Manziel isn’t going to be drafted as a backup and the Eagles don’t need a backup, especially with their first-round pick at No. 22. Philly drafted Matt Barkley last season and signed Mark Sanchez this offseason, so there’s no way Chip Kelly is going to waste a first-round draft pick on another quarterback when he doesn’t need one.
At this point, there’s a rumor of Manziel going to just about every team in the NFL during the first round of the draft, but only a handful of those have any merit. It would be no surprise for a desperate, consistently bad team like the Cleveland Browns to take Manziel at No. 4 overall or the Oakland Raiders at the very next pick, which further suggests the Eagles won’t (can’t) take Manziel because he won’t be available at No. 22. To put a nail in that coffin, it’s asinine to even think they would consider trading up for him if he slipped out of the top 10.
Manziel running Kelly’s offense would be entertaining at best, but it won’t happen. Whoever started this “rumor” needs to reconsider watching and talking about football ever again.