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NY Jets: Browns Trade #2 Pick To Eagles

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Eagles new rallying cry: We're #2!

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Despite signing Sam Bradford to a new deal committing a minimum of $22 million to him, and signing Chase Daniel to a new deal committing another $12 million at a minimum, the Eagles apparently did not like their QB position.  So they have traded up in the 2016 draft to insure they will get either Goff or Wentz, whoever is not taken by the Rams in the number 1 slot.

The Cleveland Browns get a bounty of draft resources in the trade.  Specifically, Cleveland acquires the #8, #77 and # 100 picks in the 2016 draft plus the Eagles' first round pick in 2017 and the Eagles' second round pick in 2018.  The Eagles get back the #2 pick in the 2016 draft and the Browns' fourth round pick in the 2017 draft.

As a result of this trade, is it now all but certain that quarterbacks Jared Goff  and Carson Wentz will be the first two selections in the 2016 NFL draft, in no particular order.  Teams do not give up the kind of draft packages the Rams and the Eagles have to move up for any other position.  It remains to be seen whether either of the two quarterbacks will end up being good enough to justify the trades.

These trades leave San Francisco and Cleveland in similar positions as the Jets and the Broncos, without appealing quarterback options and lacking the opportunity to remedy that with either of the consensus top two quarterbacks in the 2016 draft.  What impact, if any, this might have on the Jets' ongoing pursuit of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick remains to be seen.  This might also have an impact on the ongoing Wilkerson saga, as the likelihood of a trade up in the 2016 draft with Wilkerson as one of the Jets chips now appears somewhat diminished.

We now have seen both of the top two selections traded.  We have also seen those trades a week or more prior to the draft. 2016 is shaping up to be a draft for the record books, and it's still a week away.