Roob: Chances Eagles Trade For Fourth Overall 'Slim To None'

Roob: Chances Eagles Trade For Fourth Overall 'Slim To None'

Reuben Frank quickly debunked a rumor on Saturday morning that
suggested the Eagles could trade up from the 15th pick in this month's
NFL Draft to number four overall.

The story originated from Mary
Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, who reported the Browns have
heard from a handful of clubs interested in moving up, the Birds being
one of them. Roob contacted a team source, who brushed the news off as
"just another draft rumor," adding there's little chance of a deal
coming to fruition.

Little chance? Slim to none? Sure, that's a
denial, but it's not exactly ironclad either -- not like saying, "No,"
would've been. Is this just typical pre-draft half-truths, or could the
Eagles really be giving even the slightest consideration to making a
blockbuster move like this?

This is as good a time as any for our annual reminder that you can't believe everything you hear this time of the year.

Eagles and Browns have close front office ties. Andy Reid's mentor, Mike Holmgren, is the Browns team president, and general manager Tom
Heckert held the same position in Philly prior to Howie Roseman. Since
Holmgren and Heckert went to the Browns, there have been multiple trades
between the two clubs, including the deal that sent Sheldon Brown and
Chris Gocong to Cleveland, in addition to exchanging picks on draft day.

there's no doubt the teams have spoken. Who can really say what kind of
scenarios they discuss, what details they feel comfortable enough to
share? A conversation about the fourth pick does not necessarily equate
to serious interest. Either way, Philadelphia is a logical choice to
toss into a good rumor.

And while the assumption at places like
and PFT is the Browns leaked this information, the Eagles no doubt
are all too happy to go along with the story, if for no other reason
than to leave it open as a possibility. Misdirection is the name of the
game in April, and even if there is actually zero chance they make such a
move -- and considering the cost of jumping up 11 picks to fourth
overall, it's about as unlikely a move as there could be -- no sense
slamming the door shut if it keeps other war rooms guessing.

it's interesting all the same. The Eagles visited Texas A&M
quarterback Ryan Tannehill a few weeks back, prompting some buzz they
are looking at quarterbacks in this draft. Mocks have Tannehill off the
board well before 15 though, so if he's their man, they would almost
certainly need to move up.

Then again, visits are often just
another form of misdirection
, which is why we typically don't spend a
whole lot of time talking about them here.

One thing is for sure
though, and that is intrigue is building over what the Eagles will do
once they're on the clock on April 26. Chances are very high that won't
be within the first hour of the draft.

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby scored in his season debut as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Crosby, who scored on a power play, missed the team's first six games with a concussion. Carl Hagelin and Eric Fehr also scored for the Penguins, who extended a seven-game unbeaten streak against the Panthers.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who has started the first seven games of the season for Pittsburgh, stopped 20 shots. Matt Murray, who backstopped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in June, served as the backup to Fleury after missing the first six games with a broken hand.

Reilly Smith scored a power-play goal and Mark Pysyk also scored for the Panthers, who have lost 11 of 12 against the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

James Reimer made 19 saves in his second start of the season (see full recap).

Kings top Blue Jackets in overtime
LOS ANGELES -- Alec Martinez scored 1:14 into overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings rallied to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Tuesday night for their third straight victory.

Drew Doughty scored the tying goal with 5:57 left in regulation for the Kings, who won their third straight overtime game after an 0-3-0 start to the season. Captain Anze Kopitar also scored, and third-string goalie Peter Budaj stopped 19 shots in his third consecutive win.

Cam Atkinson scored a tiebreaking power-play goal late in the second period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves for Columbus. Brandon Saad also scored for the Jackets, who had won two straight after an 0-2-0 start.

Martinez ended it by putting a rebound into an open net for the defenseman's second goal of the season (see full recap).

Lightning strike for seven goals in win
TORONTO -- Steven Stamkos matched a career-high with four points -- two goals and two assists -- and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Frederik Andersen gave up seven goals on only 24 shots, the third time in five starts he has allowed at least five goals and fourth time he's allowed four or more. The 27-year-old has an .851 save percentage so far this season.

Alex Killorn, Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Jonathan Drouin added goals for Tampa Bay, while Ben Bishop made 40 saves.

William Nylander, James van Riemsdyk and Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs, who outshot the Lightning 43-24 (see full recap).

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

The Eagles could be looking for a bigger name outside.

In need of a deep threat — and reportedly in talks about a trade for 49ers wideout Torrey Smith — the Eagles are interested in Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and attempting to make a move for the 2013 Pro Bowler, according to a report Tuesday night by Benjamin Allbright of Mile High Sports Radio.

We followed up with Allbright, who clarified the Eagles simply made an inquiry.

Jeffery, much more of a do-it-all, dynamic wide receiver than the one-dimensional Smith, is 26 years old and can become a free agent at season's end. He'll warrant good money, but would make the Eagles better in more ways than one compared to Smith.

The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder put up 89 catches for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013, followed by 85 catches, 1,133 yards receiving and 10 scores in 2014.

This season, he has 520 yards receiving and has yet to find the end zone playing for the quarterback-challenged Bears, who are 1-6 and more than likely thinking about next season.