So, the question before us is do the Eagles need to consider selecting a quarterback in the first round of the draft next spring?
Absolutely. I know what you’re thinking right now. They need help at linebacker and safety. And if they do indeed get rid of DeSean Jackson, they also are going to need to find another wide receiver.
But the Eagles need to think now about life after Michael Vick. And they need to think about when life after Vick will begin. He’s going to be 32 next June. They’re really only financially committed to him for one more season. For all intents and purposes, he really signed just a two-year commitment. He received $20 million this season and is guaranteed $12.5 million more next year and another $3 million in 2013. If they got rid of him after next season, they would only take a $4.2 million cap hit in ’13 and a $2.8 million hit in ’14.
He’s been everything you worried about when they signed him last summer. Inconsistent. Has turned the ball over too many times. Hasn’t been able to stay healthy.
Assuming juniors such as USC’s Matt Barkley and Baylor’s Robert Griffin III and Oklahoma’s Landry Jones come out along with Andrew Luck, there are going to be some very good quarterbacks available at the top of the draft. Regardless of how the rest of this season plays out, the Eagles likely will have the wherewithal to trade up and get one of them. And if they continue to play like they did Thursday night, they might not have to trade up at all.
But they already have an extra second round pick from the Kevin Kolb trade with Arizona. If they trade Jackson as well as one of their cornerbacks, they will have even more picks to use to position themselves to get one of the draft’s top quarterbacks.
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