The Eagles Could've Had Colin Kaepernick According to Report

The Eagles Could've Had Colin Kaepernick According to Report

Interesting timing for Michael Vick to come out and set a new career high with 428 yards through the air against the Chargers. Little more than an hour before the contest, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Eagles had almost traded for one NFL starter one year earlier, and had designs on drafting another.

In case you missed it on Sunday, Schefter says the Birds actually had a deal in place at one point with the San Francisco 49ers for Colin Kapernick during the 2012 offseason, but changed their minds and decided to take Russell Wilson in April’s draft instead. Here’s the report:

In the weeks leading up to the 2012 draft, the Eagles came close to trading a second-round draft pick to the 49ers for Kaepernick, league sources tell ESPN. The 49ers were open to trading him because Alex Smith just had led them to the NFC Championship Game and they weren't sure what to do with their now-starting quarterback.

One league source maintains that the Eagles backed out of the proposed deal when they decided they would be able to draft Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson, whom they geared their whole draft around, league sources said. But then, just before Philadelphia could draft Wilson, the Seattle Seahawks selected him, leaving the Eagles to take Nick Foles, another quarterback they rated highly, though not nearly as high as Wilson.

This isn’t the first or even the second time we’ve heard the Eagles liked Russell Wilson in 2012 and wound up settling for Nick Foles instead. The notion they “geared their whole draft” around Wilson sounds a tad strong though. At the end of the day we’re talking about a third-round pick, a guy the Eagles themselves passed up three times, including as late as No. 59 overall – Wilson went No. 75, Foles at 88.

But where there’s smoke there’s fire. We’ve heard too much about how the Eagles liked Wilson for it not to be true to some extent.

As for Kaepernick, this is the first I can remember hearing anything about a potential deal (at least from Philly’s standpoint), and it’s interesting to say the least. Schefter is a tireless reporter, but it’s a little hard to believe the 49ers were willing to part with the QB even at the time. As well as Alex Smith was playing, they wound up going with Kapernick mere months later, and while I can understand listening to offers given the situation, San Francisco did invest the No. 36 pick in Kapernick only one year earlier.

We’re not really in any position to refute reports though, so what we “know” is the Eagles passed up a chance to trade for Kaepernick to draft a quarterback (Wilson) who didn’t fall into their laps in round three. Now both guys look like quality NFL starters, while even if Vick is in the middle of a career renaissance, he is 33 years old.

Not sure what to make of it all, but it’s ancient history now I suppose.

>> Eagles almost had Colin Kapernick [ESPN]

Jahlil Okafor trade watch: Bulls reportedly unwilling to trade first-round pick

Jahlil Okafor trade watch: Bulls reportedly unwilling to trade first-round pick

With the NBA trade deadline nearly upon us — 3 p.m. Thursday — here is the latest on Jahlil Okafor. (We'll update this with news on Okafor throughout the afternoon.)

• The Bulls are still pushing to acquire Okafor, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Chicago has been one of the rumored destinations for weeks — in fact, the Bulls were reported as a suitor for Okafor before the Pelicans, Blazers and Pacers.

• What's the hold-up? According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls "have shown no inclination to this point of including" their first-round pick, along with a player, which is what the Sixers have been seeking for Okafor.

Johnson notes that forward Nikola Mirotic is available. Mirotic, 26, is a restricted free agent after the season. With Ersan Ilyasova traded to Atlanta Wednesday night, perhaps the Sixers could look at Mirotic as a backup four to Dario Saric. 

Mirotic's value is in his outside shooting — he's a 6-foot-10 forward who made 39 percent of his threes last season. But his numbers have dipped across the board this season and he's shooting just 38 percent from the field and 30 percent from three.

• According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Okafor's preferred landing spot is Chicago, his hometown.

• Obviously, it's not up to Jah — the Sixers will go with whichever offer is best.

Eagles wise to bring Jason Peters back, even with full salary

Eagles wise to bring Jason Peters back, even with full salary

This isn't a big surprise, but Jason Peters will be back with the Eagles — big salary and all — for the 2017 season.

While the Eagles approached the veteran left tackle about his contract in January, Peters has not restructured his deal, according to a league source. 

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Thursday morning reported that Peters will be back next season on his normal contract. 

Yes, Peters is expensive in 2017. His base salary after hitting another Pro Bowl escalator written into his contract is up to $10.45 million for next season (plus a $250K workout bonus), which comes with a big cap hit of $11.7 million. That cap hit is the highest on the team, but not outlandish for a high-caliber left tackle. 

The Eagles could have very well cut Peters and moved on. It would have saved them significant cap space to use elsewhere. They just wouldn't have found any player more valuable to pay with that money. 

Peters, 35, is still their best option to protect Carson Wentz's blind side. He made his ninth Pro Bowl in 2016 after playing all 16 games. The team hasn't been shy about wanting him back and Peters toward the end of the season said he wanted to return for another year. 

"We certainly want to have him back," Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said of Peters in early January.

“I love him. I want him on the team,” head coach Doug Pederson said with two games remaining this past season. “I don’t want him to go anywhere."

With Peters back, it means Lane Johnson's eventual trip to left tackle will be held off for another year. Eventually, he'll take over that spot … just not right now. 

During the season, Peters opened up about his future, saying he hopes Wentz can be the guy who finally gets him a Super Bowl ring (see story).