Birds Could Still Trade Up, Not Necessarily For QB

Birds Could Still Trade Up, Not Necessarily For QB

As we suggested over the weekend, perhaps the Eagles did not flatly deny a rumor about their interest in trading for the fourth pick in next week's NFL Draft because they are, in fact, attempting to move up. And while the cost of climbing up to fourth overall is still probably too rich for management's blood, the Cleveland Browns aren't the only team that might be looking to move out of the top 10.

A Tuesday report issued by Sports Illustrated's Terry Pauline on the site TFY Draft Insider reaffirmed rumors that the Eagles are indeed working the phones, testing the waters for potential trading partners. However, it's not Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill they are thought to be pursuing, but instead it's defensive tackle Fletcher Cox out of Mississippi State, who many analysts believe is the top interior lineman available.

The Eagles frequently have been linked to defensive tackles in many mock drafts, and local writers in particular have overwhelmingly made the position a favorite for the club's first round pick. The Birds are seldom content to simply wait for a player to fall into their laps though, and if the war room agrees with the sentiment Cox is the best interior lineman in this draft, you can bet they will make every effort to go get him.

A healthy number of mocks have the first defensive tackle coming off the board by the Carolina Panthers' pick at number nine, which is either Cox or Dontari Poe out of Memphis. If either is a target, Philly will likely have to jump up to seven, where the Jacksonville Jaguars are thought to be willing to move down.

Over the weekend, a report indicated the Eagles were in discussions with the Cleveland Browns for the fourth pick, though a team source told Rebuen Frank that was unlikely. Recently there were whispers they had also contacted the St. Louis Rams about the second pick in the draft, which was eventually traded to the Redskins, with the conversation described as due diligence.

Whatever the Eagles are really up to here, they seem to have everybody guessing, which is always a good thing this time of year. I don't think you can really rule anything out completely, whether that's trading up for a quarterback or defensive tackle, or sitting back and choosing the best player available. They have plenty of flexibility with their first round pick this year, and they appear it to their advantage.

Emmanuel Acho and Joe Banner have hilarious Twitter exchange about his awful trade

Emmanuel Acho and Joe Banner have hilarious Twitter exchange about his awful trade

You probably remember Emmanuel Acho more for his Twitter exploits than for anything he ever did on a football field. That was the case once again over the weekend when another former Eagle had a huge game for the Patriots in their win over the Houston Texans in the AFC playoffs.

Oh, and former Philadelphia Eagles decision maker Joe Banner was also involved.

All of it started because Dion Lewis, a one-time Eagles running back drafted in the 5th round in 2011, scored three TDs in a variety of ways on the Patriots way to another AFC title game.

The joke here is that Banner -- then with the Browns -- was on the winning end of the Lewis-for-Acho trade and was himself eventually fired from his job in Cleveland. But hey, at least Acho got out of that awful city.

Lewis has battled injury for much of his career and hasn't exactly been the second coming of LeSean McCoy but he's yet another case of the Bill Belichick Patriots finding a player who had floundered with other teams only to flourish in big moments in New England.

And Joe Banner may have seen that potential early on.

Nigel Bradham's trial date for battery charge moved to April

Nigel Bradham's trial date for battery charge moved to April

Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham was originally scheduled to be in court at 9:30 a.m. in Miami on Tuesday for the beginning of his trial on a felony battery charge. 

Now, that trial won't be until April. 

A motion for continuance was filed and the new trial date is set for April 10, according to the Miami-Dade State State Attorney's Office. Eagles OTAs will begin in May. 

The felony charge stems from a July 25 incident in Miami, when the 6-foot-2, 241-pound Bradham allegedly assaulted a hotel employee. The altercation reportedly arose from the length of time it took 50-year-old hotel employee Jean Courois to bring Bradham's group their beach umbrella. 

Bradham pleaded not guilty and has said he "most definitely" expects his name to be cleared from this incident.

This was the first of two arrests for Bradham since July. He was arrested coming home from Miami from the bye week after he tried to pass through airport security with a loaded gun in his backpack. 

After the second arrest, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz famously said, "You do dumbass things, pretty soon, you’re going to be labeled as a dumbass." 

Bradham, 27, signed a two-year deal to join the Eagles last offseason and proved to be a good investment on the field. He played 97 percent of the defense's snaps and played at a high level as the team's starting SAM linebacker. He will have a base salary of $3.5 million this year, with a cap hit of $4.25 million.