Last offseason, the Eagles announced that they had a “win now” mentality and were going to be aggressive in free agency. They proved to be aggressive in pursuing the top free agents that were available. However, the end result wasn’t what they hoped for.
When Jeffery Lurie announced that the team would retain Andy Reid, it appeared that Big Red would get one final shot at a title in 2012.
It seems pretty obvious that Reid is being given his last opportunity to produce a championship in Philly, but a subject has come up recently that would throw a bit of a wrench into that mentality. That subject is drafting Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.
As it stands right now, RGIII seems likely to be selected with the second overall pick of the draft. The St. Louis Rams currently own that pick but have expressed a willingness to trade back for the right price.
A number of teams have already been in discussion with the Rams about the pick. The Eagles aren’t one of those teams, but we know they have interest in the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback.
There are three teams drafting ahead of the Eagles that are thinking about moving up. The Rams could trade the second overall pick and still end up with the fourth, sixth, or eighth overall pick. This would allow them to still make a top 10 selection as well as receive additional picks.
Keeping that in mind, the Eagles would have to give up a lot in order to make the move up to the second spot. This would include a number of early selections in the 2012 draft, and possibly a player like DeSean Jackson or Asante Samuel.
That’s a lot to give up for a single player. As it stands currently, I believe the Eagles could get rookies who could make immediate contributions to this team with their first three selections. I’m not saying these players will start, but they should be able to serve a helpful role on the team.
A rookie quarterback isn’t typically the beacon of light you look for to guide you to a Super Bowl championship.
I have no doubt in my mind that Reid thinks RGIII is a great talent and would love to coach him. However, this isn’t the same scenario Reid had in 1999. His leash is much shorter and the expectations are much higher.
I think RGIII would be able to develop wonderfully under Reid. Whether you like him or not, you can’t deny Reid’s track record in developing quarterbacks.
The fact of the matter is Lurie isn’t going to give Reid the time to develop another young quarterback. They set some very high short-term goals for themselves based off last offseason. Making a huge move to get a guy like RGIII just doesn’t play into that scenario.